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 Ronnie Baker Brooks plays the B.O.B..

Ronnie Baker BrooksIf you were among the lucky at the Broadway Oyster Bar last Sat night you caught the Ronnie Baker Brooks show and it was a huge jam from the get-go. Ronnie and his band are all over the Chicago blues sound, influenced a little by a lot of sounds, but very much his own.

Blues at high speed to start the show with every mood in between from South Side soul, to soft sexy, to funky, like the up river Minneapolis New Power Generation influence - but all still Ronnie’s own!!

Backed by a very tight well rehearsed trio of Carlton Armstrong on bass, Moe Taylor on the skins and Daryl Coutts on Keys they get it done no matter the call, always very solid and tight behind the great talent of RBB himself.

It is enough to say Ronnie is a great bluesman (it is in his genes from Daddy Lonnie Brooks), Enough to say he is a great writer (ala “The Torch” next paragraph), Enough to say he is a great showman and entertainer (see photo of Ronnie playin’ slide with the bottle), but he is minimally all three plus he and the band are all very nice, classy, and professional guys, making it a no-brainer if he is in your area, and they are on a huge U.S. tour (tour schedule available at www.ronniebakerbrooks.com) – CATCH HIM!!

“The Torch”
By the time you are reading this, Ronnie’s latest CD on the Watchdog Records label and made up entirely of Ronnie’s original material should be available. The Torch was recorded in Memphis with the aforementioned touring band, and in Minneapolis where Ronnie solicited help from the Prince’s New Power Generation. With the veteran ear of Jellybean Johnson (Janet Jackson - The Time) co-producing this CD and keeping it very tight it is a must buy for any blues lover. Every song on this CD is a keeper and read the notes on each cut.

The CD is a 4.8 on the STLBlues-O-Meter

Thanks to Ronnie and his band and to his agent Casey Scott for coming to STL.

Later - Gator

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