Ronald Earl Horvath, 10 March 1953, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Ronald Horvath was inspired to play blues guitar after seeing Muddy Waters at a club in Boston, Massachusetts. Listing his influences as Robert Lockwood, B.B. King, Magic Sam and T-Bone Walker, among others, he made some records with Guitar Johnny And The Rhythm Rockers and Sugar Ray And The Bluetones (alongside harmonica player/vocalist Sugar Ray Norcia), but adopted the name Earl because: When I used to sit in with Muddy and all those old guys, they couldnt pronounce my last name.
Earl quickly graduated to playing clubs around the Boston area, and he also spent some time in Chicago and Texas, backing many touring blues artists. He replaced Duke Robillard in Roomful Of Blues and stayed with them for almost eight years, leaving in the late 80s to pursue a successful solo career. He had already formed the original version of his backing band the...
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