Chicago bluesman Ronnie Laas knows how to deliver upbeat rockers on his album Chicago Style, as he effortlessly swaggers his way through knockout after knockout. Yet he proves he’s perfectly capable of mixing it up, as well, as the tender album closer shows. The spectacular production lets every note ring out with absolute clarity, and Laas’s performance (on every single instrument, no less) is nothing short of extraordinary. For those who like their blues charged up and rocking, Ronnie Laas’s energetic Chicago Style more than does the trick.
Ronnie started his musical career at the age of three when he appeared with his brother on the Ted Mack amateur hour playing harmonica.(his brother later went on to play with Johnny Puleo and his Harmonca Gang, traveling the world and appearing on such shows as Johnny Carson, Milton Berle, Ed Sullivan, etc.
Ronnie left show business for seven years when at the age of ten his mother bought him his first guitar, a Gibson…,He started honing his craft in and around Chicago at the age of fifteen years when he started playing night clubs with the older local heavy musicians such as Peter Cetera, Bruce Bolin (Fender and Gibson fame) Kal David, Fabulous Rhinestones, Paul Cotton, Poco, Harvey Mandel, and Chaka Kahn to name a few.
His most memorable gig was opening for Roy Orbison at the age 16.
Also started a band with a guitar player named Barry Oakley but Ronnie was a guitar player too so he convinced Barry to play bass which he did, this project didn’t last so Barry left and joined a band called the Allman brothers.
After recording local hits at Chess Studios,.Ronnie hit the road with an array of show bands, ending up in Las Vegas for 9 months. He returned to Chicago to perform in local bands such as Baby Huey and the Babysitters,
Sparkle, The Riot, to name a few again.
Ronnie did plenty of of road work taking time out to demonstrate The Marauder guitar for Gibson guitars.
Ronnie today writes records and plays from his studio in Chicago.
Edited by mojo_boy on 29 Jul 2011, 16:49
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