2017 Lineup

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

About

Ronnie Earl, Guitar
Legendary Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl is a three time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player
of the Year, most recently receiving the award on May 8, 2014 in Memphis. He has served as an
Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, and has taught 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 rereleased in DVD format in 2005. Earl’s discography includes acclaimed albums on Stony
Plain Records, Black Top, Bullseye Blues, Verve, and Telarc. His 1996 Bullseye Blues release,
Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads, won Downbeat Magazine’s Blues Album of the Year, and in
2004 Earl’s Hey José won the Best Blues/R&B Song at the 3rd Annual Independent Music Awards.
In 2015 Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters celebrated 27 years as a band. The last four releases by
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Spread the Love (2010), Just for Today (2013), Good News
(2014), and Father’s Day (2015) all debuted on the top ten Billboard Blues charts and received
wide critical acclaim.

Ronnie Earl has played alongside such legends as Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Earl King, Muddy
Waters, Junior Wells, Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray
Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band and many others, including,
B.B. King, who said about Ronnie, “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.”

Dave Limina, Hammond B3 and piano
Dave Limina is a Professor in the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music, where he
received the Most Valuable Contribution to the Performance Curriculum Award in 2001 for his
work in creating and developing the Hammond organ program. As a keyboardist, composer, and
arranger, Dave has performed with Gloria Estefan, Duke Robillard, Courage Brothers, Mark
Murphy, Lori McKenna, Mighty Sam McClain, Kenny Neal, Catie Curtis, Freedy Johnston,
Martha Reeves, Brooke Benton, Toy Caldwell, Felix Cavalieri, Steve Forbert, and The RB Funkestra
with Fred Wesley and Eric Krasno. Also Grammy winning songwriters, Robert Lee Castleman,
Gary Nicholson, Paula Cole, Mark Walker and Steve Leslie. He has been the keyboardist/conductor
for the first national touring company of the Broadway musical Rent. He received Boston
Music Award nominations for his work with Courage Brothers, Ronnie Earl, and Mighty Sam
McClain. He played keyboards on Michelle Willson’s Wake Up Call, which was a Boston Music
Awards winner in 2001 for “Best Blues Album”. He is the author of “Hammond Organ Complete”
(Hal Leonard), and the instructional video/DVD “Accelerate Your Keyboard Playing” (Rittor
Music).

Lorne Entress, Drummer/Producer
A long-time Broadcaster and veteran of the New England music scene, Lorne Entress has provided
the backbeat for many an artist including Big Al Anderson, Junior Wells, Freedy Johnston, Susan
Tedeschi, Junior Watson, Ellis Paul, Charlie Musselwhite, Nicole Nelson, Erin McKeown, Henry
Butler, Johnny Adams, Mighty Sam McClain, Vance Gilbert and many others. In addition to
producing the Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters CD Hope Radio, Lorne has also produced numerous
records for other artists including Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, Hayley Reardon, and Catie
Curtis.

Jim Mouradian, Bass
Jim Mouradian has been a member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters since 2000. Jimmy grew
up immersed in a family of classically trained musicians, picked up a bass in junior high and has
been playing ever since. He is also a legendary luthier, who has designed his own line of Mouradian
guitars, and handles every guitar he works on with meticulous detail. He and his son, Jon,
operate Mouradian Guitar in Winchester, MA, where they are known as “guitar gods” and “guitar
repair wizards,” although Jimmy insists that his favorite role is that of being a dad and grandfather.

Diane Blue, Vocals
Boston’s Diane Blue is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd-pleasing
entertainer. Ms. Blue is the first female member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, prominently
featured on the band’s albums since 2013, and has received rave reviews on her vocals and performance.
Voted “Outstanding Female Singer” in The Blues Audience 2015 & 2011 Readers’ Poll,
Ms. Blue is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own
spin on soul, blues and R&B. She won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, earning the honor
of competing at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. She was nominated
“Best Blues/R&B Act” and “Best Female Vocalist” in 2007 by the Providence Phoenix and also
nominated “Best Local Blues Act” by Motif Magazine in 2007. Diane has shared the stage with
many greats including Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Irma Thomas, Toni Lynn Washington and the
late Big Jack Johnson of Clarksdale, Mississippi who called Diane a “monster on the harp.”

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