There is a new force to be reckoned with. A new guitar hero rises like the Sun or is that
the Son! From the moment Ronnie Baker Brooks took the stage at Chord on Blues,
the audience was in total awe of his stage presence. Whipping out songs from his new CD,
Golddigger - on Watchdog Records, Ronnie had the crowd singing along and dancing away.
From the way Ronnie presented himself,
its clear he is truly a veteran performer who knows how to turn it up and inside
out. The most interesting aspect of Ronnies performance was the variety of his
originals and the dynamics within the songs. Ronnie showed the ability to have the
audience truly feel the music and ride the momentum through each tune. From the first
song, Ronnie let it all go on his Stratocaster to the point where several people were
winking at each other in the audience cause they knew they were witnessing something
Ronnie paid homage to Junior Wells, his
father - Lonnie, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, among many other blues greats, throughout
the evening. His style is his own, but the man loves to emulate many players in his
performances - the difference here is that Ronnie gives credit where credit is due. But
lets stop right here and talk about Ronnies own guitar style.
Ronnie can find more notes on a guitar neck
than there are cars on the Eisenhower during rush hour. Every single song was filled with
a unique guitar solo that showed what a studied guitar player Ronnie is. His natural
ability combined with a sophistication that hes crafted from years of watching the
Chicago Blues greats launch Ronnie into a level all his own. Watch out people, this man is
a force to be reckoned with!
Ronnie really brought the house down when he
slowed things down with his gospel-flavored tune, "Where Do I Stand In Line."
Then he switched gears and the entire house was boppin up and down for
"Love Rebound." The crowd hooped and hollered after every single song to
show their appreciation for Ronnies incredible performance.
If this is a sign of how 1999 is going to go,
were in great shape!