The Ricky Earl Band
©2009 Tate Music Group
Review by Lucky Boyd

The Ricky Earl Band consists of a group of committed, music-loving, performers. This is evident in every track of the band’s debut eight-cut offering. Earl’s voice has a John Michael Montgomery quality that is capable of the twang of traditional country and smooth enough for more modern sounds as well. Deeply rooted in traditional country music, the band offers a collection of danceable tunes that give the listener a desire to grab a partner and throw corn meal on a wood floor. The album includes a tune by the late Boyd Moore, who wrote ”As Strong As I Once Was,” which laments trading love for the comfort of the bottle. Prolific songwriter Lonnie Ratliff co-writes the majority of the cuts, each with a different collaborator. Recorded in the famed Rosewood Studio in Tyler, Texas, [Leann Rimes, Neal McCoy] the album captures the energy and talent of the band. An adept live act, the Ricky Earl Band offers this project as a great way to keep connected with their music between shows. The album features a host of qualified pickers including good friend Jay Woodson on drums. A highlight of the album is the well-written two-step “Honky Tonk Heaven” which showcases the band at its very best. The album is a quality release, with good performances from every member. As debut offerings go, TREB can be proud of this one. When they return to the studio, if they can lasso the services of one of the award-winning producers recognized by the Texas Music Awards, it will be easy for them to go beyond being a popular live band in their region, but become a bona fide Texas music radio sensation as well. Look for big things from this band if they can solidify their roster of musicians for touring. If you get a chance to see them live, do it. You’ll be in the company of fun-loving dance-making Texas country music stars.