Vintage Guitar - July 2016 - Open - 98
onnie Earl is one of the
most prolific blues guitarists working today.
And though his solo
career now spans almost three decades, he shows
no signs of slowing down.
■ While studying education
at Boston University, Earl
experienced an epiphany
watching Muddy Waters onstage; taking
up the guitar at the
relatively late age of
21, he first gigged in
Boston before traveling to Chicago and
Austin, where he
began working with
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Redemption, Reconciliation, and Reinvention
His first solo album, Smokin', was filled
with precise solos amidst melodic tunes
and it announced the arrival of a player
with a compelling style that has carried
through 23 others.
Earl is today experiencing a resurgence.
Releasing an album each year over the past
three, they've been met with progressively
greater praise and all charted on Billboard,
with 2015's Father's Day climbing to #3.
The albums, including 2013's Just for
Today, along with Good News, from '14,
signaled a change of direction for Earl
- one that includes new people and new
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