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Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters Deliver a Loud and Clear Shout-Out of Mercy Me On New Stony Plain Records Album Coming April 15

Mark Pucci Media


February 17, 2022

Contact: Mark Pucci (770) 804-9555 / mpmedia@bellsouth.net

Multi Award-Winning Guitarist and His Band’s Recording Will Be Released on Both CD and Vinyl LP Formats


Pre-order CD: https://stonyplainrecords.com/ronnieearl/


WATERDOWN, ON - Ronnie Earl, a four-time Blues Music Award winner as “Guitar Player of the Year,” follows up the critical and commercial success of his last album, Rise Up, with Mercy Me, a new set of wondrous music with his long-time band, The Broadcasters, on  April 15 via Stony Plain Records. Mercy Me will also be released later this summer on vinyl LP.


Mercy Me is Earl’s 14th album in partnership with Stony Plain and his 28th career album. The 12-song Mercy Me features Dave Limina on piano and Hammond B3, Diane Blue on vocals, Forrest Padgett on drums, Paul Kochanski on electric and upright bass, all backing Earl’s amazingly soulful guitar work. Guest musicians include Anthony Geraci, piano; Mark Earley, baritone sax; Mario Perrett, tenor sax; Peter Ward, guitar; and Tess Ferraiolo, vocals. The album was produced by Ronnie Earl, recorded and mixed by Huck Bennert and mastered at Sound Mirror Studio by Mark Donahue.


“I titled the album Mercy Me as I was thinking about all the things going on in the world,” Ronnie Earl said about his inspiration. “We need to have more mercy for the world, for other people and for ourselves. I love playing the blues, and the session was so enjoyable. The band was focused, and we came together as one.”

Ronnie Earl has a unique, beautiful, easily identifiable tone that comes from within and not from a piece of equipment, such as a pedal, which he has never used. Music critic Jim Hynes has called Ronnie, “The John Coltrane of the Guitar;” B.B. King referred to Ronnie as one of his sons; and writer Ron Weinstock said of Ronnie that he “is a master of tonal dynamics, phrasing, and solo construction. Earl builds solos like smoldering coals in a charcoal grill that bursts into flames when fat drips down.”

The album’s even-dozen tunes include a diverse mix of originals and unique covers of songs from such legends as Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, Dave Mason and Percy Mayfield. 

Ronnie offered his take on some of the songs on Mercy Me:


“‘Blow Wind Blow’ is a little guitar tribute to Muddy Waters; My other love is ‘Alabama,’ which is a tribute to John Coltrane. It's different from his, but sadly the racism he wrote about in 1963 is still going on today.  ‘Blues for Ruthie Foster’ is a nice little acoustic tune with my longtime friend Peter Ward. It's in the vein of a little bit Robert Johnson, a little bit Robert Junior. I had a chance to sit in with Ruthie Foster this past year and she is astonishing. We did ‘Soul Searching,’ an older tune of mine, first recorded in 1988. I wanted to try it with this band. It has some horns on it and it came out nicely – with sparse guitar. ‘Only You Know and I Know’ is a famous tune sung by Bonnie Bramlett. We've never done it and Diane Blue is great on everything. Many years ago, Levon Helm was playing at BB Kings in Memphis, and he called both Bonnie Bramlett and me up - and we sat in together. I loved playing with her, and this song is a sweet reminder of that day. ‘(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher’ is one of my wife Donna’s favorite songs. It’s an R&B that Jackie Wilson sang, and I recorded it for Donna. 

Diane wrote and named the song, ‘The Sun Shines Brightly.’”

Ronnie Earl, born Ronald Horvath, has led a storied music career beginning with his early years in Boston while studying at Boston University. He graduated with a dual degree in Education and Special Education in 1975. Ronnie would teach for a few years while playing guitar at night before joining and touring with John Nicholas and The Rhythm Rockers, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Roomful of Blues, and finally with his band, The Broadcasters. Ronnie has shared the stage with B.B. King, Otis Rush, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert Collins, Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Leonard Bernstein, among many others.

An authorized biography of Ronnie’s life, Beautiful Child, is in progress and includes stories from Ronnie as well as one hundred of his friends and colleagues who have walked alongside him.  

 “What Ronnie pulls from wood, wire and old Fender amplifiers,” music writer Ted Drozdowski once wrote, “isn’t so much notes as the sound of the human heart beating with you, crying under the world’s weight or acknowledging the inevitability of another sunrise.”


Perhaps being the son of two Holocaust survivors has given Ronnie Earl a keen insight into the human condition, which has manifested itself in his musical delivery. As Ronnie celebrates more than 30-plus years of sobriety, he’s often quietly devoted his time and donated concert proceeds to help people affected by substance abuse. And as someone who once studied to be a special education teacher, he recalls with particular fondness a 10-year period when he volunteered at LifeLinks Inc., a nonprofit in Chelmsford, Mass. that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Mercy Me Track Listing


1. Blow Wind Blow                              M. Morganfield  6:57
2. Alabama                                          John Coltrane 5:08
3. Blues for Ruthie Foster                 Ronnie Earl 5.23

4. Soul Searching                               Ronnie Earl, Kaz Kazanoff 4:35
5. Blues for Duke Robillard               Ronnie Earl 7:41
6. Only You Know and I Know          D. Mason 7:03
7. A Prayer for Tomorrow                 Anthony Geraci, Ronnie Earl 6:00
8. Dave's Groove         Ronnie Earl, Dave Limina, Forrest Padgett 6:51
9. Please Send Me Someone to Love     P. Mayfield 10:46
10. Coal Train Blues                                 Ronnie Earl 5:02
11. The Sun Shines Brightly                    Ronnie Earl & Diane Blue 8:33
12. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher   Carl Smith, Gary Jackson 5:55




Stony Plain Records Mercy Me landing page

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Here is our new video sampler for Mercy Me.  Enjoy! 


Vocals on 

Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher and Higher 

are sung by Diane Blue

Backup vocals Tess Ferraiolo

Mercy Me

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

The Broadcasters are:

Ronnie Earl – Guitar

Dave Limina – Piano and Hammond B3

Diane Blue – Vocals

Forrest Padgett – Drums

Paul Kochanski – Electric and Upright Bass


Guest Musicians

Anthony Geraci – Piano

Mark Earley – Baritone Sax

Mario Perrett – Tenor Sax

Peter Ward, Guitar

Tess Ferraiolo – Vocals


Our guests join the Broadcasters on the following songs:

Anthony Geraci  1, 7, 10, 11

Peter Ward  1, 3, 7, 10, 11

Mario Perrett   2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12  

Mark Earley  2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12,

 Tess Ferraiolo, back up vocals on 12

Paul Kochanski vocals and bass on 6


Ronnie Earl, Producer, For Higher Power Productions

Holger Petersen, Executive Producer

Huck Bennert, Recording and Mixing Engineer 

Dave Clark, Road Manager

Tom Hazeltine, Cover photo and band photo

Mastered by Mark Donahue at Sound Mirror, Jamaica Plain, MA

Ronnie Earl management: Debbie Blanchard, Grace Box Management, LLC, manager@ronnieearl.com


Song Tracks 

On Alabama
See the discussion concerning John Coltrane writing Alabama as a response to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on Sunday, September 15, 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama. Perhaps in response to Rev. Martin Luther King's eulogy for the four little girls murdered in the bombing.  

  1. Blow Wind Blow      
  2. Alabama               
  3. Blues for Ruthie Foster             
  4. Soul Searching                
  5. Blues for Duke Robillard      
  6. Only You Know and I Know                
  7. A Prayer for Tomorrow          
  8. Dave’s Groove     
  9. Please Send Me Someone to Love         

10.  Coal Train Blues                                         

11.  The Sun Shines Brightly   

12. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher