Ronnie Baker Brooks
WZLX Music Director, Carter Alan hosts famed Chicago blues, soul, guitarist, singer, songwriter Ronnie Baker Brooks for a special night of blues! He’s “a monster guitarist with an ample supply of technique and passion” says Andy Whitman of AllMusic. “[Ronnie Baker Brooks] honors the true torch bearers of this unique sound which includes Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Luther Allison and his father,” says David Brais. On the first day recording “Times Have Changed” – the 11-track album from Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks that brings a sound so big it could topple a Louisiana juke joint — industry-revered album producer and drummer Steve Jordan told Brooks to put his pedal board back in the van. For the first time in his professional life, Brooks, the son of Texas and Chicago blues legend Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Brooks, would plug a Gibson into his amp and rip it straight from there. “Back to the basics. The pedals get in the way of your tone — your natural tone. Any distortion I had came straight out of the amp,” Brooks remembers from the “Times” sessions. “It was almost like going to college, or grad school. It was definitely an education.” Brooks was born in Chicago, and started playing guitar around age six. At 19, he joined his father, who by then had influenced some of the most well-known bluesman of our history: Jimmy Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, and Junior Wells. For 12 years the two would tour together, putting Ronnie out front with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Koko Taylor. In 1998, when he was 32, his father told him to go solo.