Ronnie Baker Brooks
|Ronnie Baker Brooks|
|Birth name||Rodney Dion Baker|
January 23, 1967 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Genres||Chicago blues, soul blues, electric blues|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Wayne Baker Brooks, Lonnie Brooks|
Ronnie Baker Brooks (born January 23, 1967) is an American Chicago blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a respected club performer in Chicago, before recording three solo albums for Watchdog Records. The son of fellow Chicago blues musician Lonnie Brooks, he is the brother of another blues guitarist, Wayne Baker Brooks.
Life and career
At the age of nine, he first appeared on stage playing guitar alongside his father. In 1985, he graduated from Hales Franciscan High School. He learned to play bass guitar and joined his father's band in 1986. He played guitar on his father's live album, Live from Chicago: Bayou Lightning Strikes, released by Alligator Records in 1988. He was then part of Alligator Records' 20th Anniversary Tour, performing alongside Koko Taylor, Elvin Bishop, and Lil' Ed Williams.
By 1998 Brooks was pursuing a solo career. His debut album, Golddigger, was released the same year by the Watchdog label. It was produced by Janet Jackson. He was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2000 for Best New Artist. His second album, Take Me Witcha, was released in May 2001.
Brooks most recent album was Torch (2006). The Boston Herald described it as "ferocious and unrelenting, The Torch may be the year's best blues album." The album included contributions from Lonnie Brooks, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, Willie Kent, and Al Kapone and was produced by Jellybean Johnson.
On occasions when his younger brother, Wayne Baker Brooks, joined him and his father on stage, they were billed as the Brooks Family Band.
Brooks played at the Notodden Blues Festival in 2007 and at Memphis in May and the Musikfest in 2009. In August 2010, he co-wrote three tracks with Chris Beard for the latter's Who I Am and What I Do, released by Electro Glide Records.
In 2012 the blues journalist David Brais declared Brooks "blues royalty", stating that "his particular style of Chicago blues has been performed on stages around the world. It honors the true torch bearers of this unique sound which includes Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Luther Allison and his father."
|2001||Take Me Witcha||Watchdog Records|
|2006||The Torch||Watchdog Records|
|2017||Times Have Changed||Provogue|
- Hanson, Karen (2007). Today's Chicago Blues (1st ed.). Chicago: Lake Claremont Press. pp. 131–2. ISBN 978-1-893121-19-5.
- "Torch > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "Ronnie Baker Brooks Biography". Thehistorymakers.com. August 17, 2005. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "Golddigger > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "Take Me Witcha > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- Boston Herald. "Ronnie Baker Brooks". Ronniebakerbrooks.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- Eric Wrisley (March 10, 2011). "BluesWax Sittin' In with Ronnie Baker Brooks; Feelin' It from All Angles". BluesWax. Bluesrevue.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "Chris Beard and Electro Glide Records". Chicago Blues News. Chicagobluesmusicnews.blogspot.com. August 17, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
- "Chris Beard Biography". Chrisbeard1.com. November 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
- Baris, David (January 2012). "Ronnie Baker Brooks: Keeping the Blues Alive, Family Style. JAM Magazine Speaks Candidly with Blues Royalty, Ronnie Baker Brooks". jammagazine.com. JAM Magazine Online. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- "Ronnie Baker Brooks > Discography > Main Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2012.