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Boston Blues Legend Ronnie Earl to Play Peterborough Town House

  • Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters will play the historic Peterborough Town House on Friday at 8 p.m. Courtesy Photo—

  • Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters will play the Peterborough Town House on Friday at 8 p.m. Courtesy Photo


Friday, October 19, 2018 1:26PM

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters will play the historic Peterborough Town House on Friday at 8 p.m.

Ronnie Earl has played alongside such legends as Hubert Sumlin, Earl King, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band and many others.

Earl was first inspired to pick up a Gibson Les Paul due to his love of Duane Allman’s playing.

“I played slide, but man, I could never play like him. I ended up with a Strat because of people like Magic Sam and pictures of Otis Rush,” Earl says.

To say that Ronnie just “ended up” with a Fender Strat in his hands doesn’t really do him justice. Ronnie is a two time W.C. Handy Blues Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year and boasts one of the sweetest Strat tones of all time.Ronnie catapulted on to the blues scene in the late 70’s when he joined New England Blues rock ensemble Roomful of Blues.

Those years were as formidable as they were difficult for Ronnie as the road was taking it’s toll and drugs and alcohol were spinning out of control. Addiction is something that Ronnie has been very open about and his story has inspired many struggling musicians to get help.

“I woke up one morning after having a bender with a combination of things that will kill you and I must have done it thousands of times - and I said ‘I can’t live like this anymore.’ I was alone in a cheap hotel in Michigan. It was then and there that I went to my first Twelve Step meeting, and I’ve been going ever since” said Ronnie.

Since then, Ronnie has been able to find happiness not only in music, but also in the simple things.

“Yes, your career is important, but its not everything. There’s baseball, there’s life, its a big world out there, you know? … and I think the biggest riches in life are friendships!”And what a list of friends he has.Being one of the most respected guitar players in the blues scene, Ronnie has been surrounded by rock and blues royalty over the years. B. B. King once said “I feel the respect and affection for him that a father feels for his son. He is one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud.”

Tickets are $29 and $39 for premier seating. For more information on upcoming shows or to purchase tickets go online at www.peterboroughconcert.eventbrite.com.