After the overwhelming response to the previous “Name the Painting” contests for Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Roy Buchanan and Billy Gibbons, my good friend and world-renowned artist Tom Noll is back at it again with blues guitar legend Ronnie Earl on his canvas!
Regular readers of TheGuitarBuzz know that I am a huge fan of Ronnie Earl! Let’s just say I already have a spot on the wall reserved for this one!
Ronnie Earl picked up his first guitar the age of 20. He became serious about the blues after attending a Muddy Waters concert at the Jazz Workshop, a small club in Boston. By his third year in college, Ronnie was seriously pursuing his guitar playing and would go on for the next 39 years to stretch the boundaries of electric blues guitar.
In 1979, Ronnie Earl joined the Roomful of Blues, then a ten-piece ensemble group based in Providence, Rhode Island, where he would spend the next eight years playing and touring while releasing a number of albums. In 1988 Ronnie formed his own band that he called The Broadcasters, named after the first Fender guitar which originally had been labeled The Broadcaster and was distributed in 1950.
Ronnie musical influences are blues guitarist and vocalist Otis Rush as well as Magic Sam, Guitar Slim, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, all of whom have deeply and profoundly shaped and inspired his playing.
Ronnie Earl is a two-time (1997, 1999) W.C. Handy Blues Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, taught for five years at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut. In 1995 Ronnie released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then re-released in DVD format in 2005.
He has played alongside such greats as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Earl King, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. Listen to what his peers have to say:
“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.” ~ B. B. King
“Perhaps the finest living blues guitarist on the planet.” ~ The Boston Phoenix
“He has released some twenty albums – but Ronnie Earl can still take your breath away.”~ Guitar Player Magazine
Ronnie’s road manager, Tom Hazeltine, is a talented photographer and has captured hundreds shots of Ronnie playing live.
Here is a “sketch” that Tom Noll made from one of my favorite photographs, which captures the pure emotion of Ronnie’s music and is the inspiration for Tom’s newest painting!
Tom estimates the Ronnie Earl painting will take several weeks to come together (progress shots will be posted on his web site – CLICK HERE), with prints of the original oil painting available shortly after.
The artprints are super high quality giclees, which utilize fade resistant UV archival inks. They’re produced from the original oil painting, and are rolled and shipped in a rigid tube along with a certificate of authenticity. The prints are perfect for matting and framing, and will be a memorable addition to any room.
The 27″x19″ prints will be available in mid-July at the introductory price of $229.00 (plus $8.00 to ship within the USA; $12.50 internationally)
Take a look at the “Creative Bone ArtWorks” Official Web Site and browse Tom’s extensive gallery of “Art That Rocks” which includes many guitar players like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, David Gilmour, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Les Paul, Johnny Cash, Gary Moore, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Roy Buchanan and Billy Gibbons. There you will find information about pricing, sizes and other info on Tom’s creative artwork.
GuitarDaddy Tip: You can Pre-Order a Ronnie Earl print by contacting Tom directly. Pre-ordering will allow you to reserve a low-numbered print and to receive your print much faster.
“This painting captures Ronnie Earl in a classic emotional pose playing live at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine, January 2012. I can almost hear his strat sing! He plays with such pure passion. I’m counting on the Guitar Buzz readers to come up with some fitting name suggestions!” Thanks…Tom
Tom’s Promise: If you are the winner of the contest and you also pre-ordered a print, your money will be refunded! So go ahead and CONTACT TOM at Tom@TomNoll.com to pre-order now!
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“I love these NAME THE PAINTING contests! They are so inspirational to me!”
– Tom Noll, owner of Creative Bone Artworks
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Note: In the case of duplicate submissions, the person who suggested the name first will have claim to that name. Also note, the winner will forfeit any and all rights to the name to Tom Noll if it is selected to be the winner.