Ronnie Baker Brooks (#1002)

The son of blues legend Lonnie Brooks brings his own exciting vocals and blistering, rhythmic guitar style to the Jubilee stage.

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Ronnie Baker Brooks’ passion for his music comes through loud and clear. “I write the songs as I feel. I can’t deliver a song if I can’t feel it,” he says. “I love different styles of music. It’s all blues-based. If it’s coming from the heart and you’re telling the truth, it’s all blues.”

Brooks has drawn inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Albert Collins. The older generation of blues performers, such as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters, have also influenced him. “You can feel the truth in their voice and their playing,” he explains. “I love that part of it. Sometimes the more raw, the better.”

Of course, this hot young guitarist has also been inspired by his father, the legendary Lonnie Brooks, whom he also calls his best friend. Steeped in the blues tradition since early childhood, Ronnie has a mission to keep the family legacy alive and to pass it on to the next generation. In the meantime, he is creating his own style and becoming a star in his own right. In early 2005, he was nominated for the Best Blues Entertainer award in the 24th Annual Chicago Music Awards.