Guitarist Ronnie Earl was featured from late '79 through the mid-'80s with Roomful of Blues, and commenced recording solo albums while still with Roomful. His second Black Top album, released in 1985, is another horse-doctor's dose of masterful, biting blues guitar and impassioned, no-nonsense performances, with Sugar Ray on vocals. "A gutsy record, with Earl in fine form." --Billboard.
The songs collected here on this compilation "Deep Blues" were recorded February & August 1982 at Brighton, Massachusetts and serve as Ronnie Earls debut session.Originally the tracks were from two early L.P. titles called "Smokin" & "They Call me Mr. Earl" The guitar work is stunning especially on "Baby Doll Blues" ..six minutes of blues guitar in a Magic Sam mode . The vocals are handled wonderfully by Sugar Ray Norcia & Kim Wilson. Added musicians include Dave Maxwell/piano, Greg Piccolo/tenor sax,Kim Wilson/vocals, harmonica. --P.J. Le Faucheur.
This 1988 album actually compiled Ronnie s first two solo albums, 'Smokin' and 'They Call Me Mr. Earl', which were recorded in 1982 and 1984 with a bang-up cast including Roomful of Blues vocalist/harpist 'Sugar Ray' Norcia and Fabulous Thunderbirds vocalist/harpist Kim Wilson! 17 tracks of early Earl!Link