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Best New Blues Artist,
Best Chicago Debut Blues CD,
Best New Chicago Blues Artist
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posted 12/15/2007:

Napoleon "Ricco" White Jr.
1948 - 2007

I am deeply SADDENED BY the passing of our driver, M.C., lightman, brother and my friend, Napoleon "Ricco" White Jr. He was found dead at his home in Gary, IN Saturday, Dec. 15th 2007. The cause of death is still pending.

My condolences to Ricco's daughter Labrina White, his father Napoleon White Sr. and all of the family on their/our LOSS.

Ricco was a kind-hearted, giving and dedicated person. He really loved music (especially the Blues),  traveling and being part of our band. He retired from The Chicago Transit Authority after 25 years just to drive for and to be with the band. Through all the emotions the road can put you through, the band and I, HAVE NEVER seen Ricco angry.  He was always smiling (except for the one time when someone was bothering me and the band)! I truly love him unconditionally and I know he LOVED me unconditionally too! He was a big brother to us.  Whatever the band or I needed, Ricco did it! He really believed in me and what I'm trying to do with the music and the band. He's been with me even before I started my solo career and always made my family feel secure because he would be right there with me. Each note that I'll play ever again, will mean even more now..... because of Ricco.

" Ronnie, Ricco loved you and took you as far as he could,
now he's gone to heaven
to get you some help!"


          Photo Credit:  Carol DeRuse

Photo Credit:  Carol DeRuse

Ricco, rest in peace. I'm gonna miss you man, but I know......
I'll See You Again.

(12/13/2006)  Ronnie has been nominated for a 2007 Blues Music Award, in the "Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year" category!!  Read the Press Release from the Blues Foundation here.

(12/03/2006)   Ronnie's latest release, "The Torch," has been nominated in the upcoming 26th Anniversary Chicago Music Awards in the “BEST BLUES ALBUM/CD” Category!

The 26th Chicago Music Awards will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at the Park West Theatre, located at 322 W. Armitage Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.  When voting begins, YOU will be able to show your support by voting for Ronnie and "The Torch" here.  Complete details about the Awards is located here.

(09/01/06)  Hear Ronnie LIVE on The Shemekia Copeland Show, on Sirius Satellite Radio 74 this Saturday, September 2 at 3:00 PM Eastern  (2:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Pacific.)  Be sure to tune in!

(01/04/05)  Ronnie has been nominated in the "Best Blues Entertainer" category of the 24th Annual Chicago Music Awards, which will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2005, at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and South Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, Illinois.

(02/25/04)  Ronnie's performance at the W.C. Handy Blues Festival will be featured on the PBS television show, "Jubilee," on March 31! Check your local listings for more information.

Ronnie was a nominee in the "Best Blues Entertainer" category at the Chicago Music Awards,  held on February 8, 2003.  Congratulations to category winner Eddy Clearwater!

(9/18/02):  Ronnie and Lonnie were invited up to jam with Aerosmith at Alpine Valley, in East Troy, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 14, 2002.  Ronnie commented, "What an honor it was to jam with such legendary rockers that dig the blues!" 
Click here to see pictures on the Aerosmith website!

(9/9/02):   The
House of Blues Radio Hour will be re-broadcasting their show featuring Ronnie on October 18 & 19, 2002.  Check your local listings for air time!

(6/1/02):  Update -  DVD NOW AVAILABLE!

NEW DVD - COMING SOON!  "Ronnie Baker Brooks Live"  recorded at Chord on Blues, St. Charles, IL   Check back for details!

(3/9 & 3/10/2002):  Ronnie will be featured on the House of Blues Radio Hour on March 9 & 10, 2002.  Check your local listings for stations and airtime!

(1/22 & 23/2000):   Ronnie will be featured nationwide on the House of Blues Radio Hour on January 22 & 23rd.  Check with your local station for air time!

(8/99):   Listen for Ronnie's Miller Lite "So Smooth" Radio Spots; Airing Nationally from now until April, 2001

(8/99):   Ronnie, dad Lonnie, and brother Wayne are currently writing songs for Ronnie's  next release; watch this website for more information!

(8/99):   Ronnie is now proud to be endorsing Fender Musical Instruments!



Blues Connection (Cover Feature):  Mar. 1999
Linn County Blues Society Newspaper:  Mar. 1999
Fox Valley Blues News (CD Review):  Mar. 1999
Fox Valley Blues News (Feature): Mar. 1999
Fox Valley Blues News (Performance Review): Mar. 1999
City View, Orland Park, IL: Mar. 5-11, 1999
Kane County Chronicle:  Jan. 1999
Block Magazine Cover Feature(Dutch version):  Winter, 1998
Block Magazine Cover Feature (English version):   Winter, 1998
Block Magazine Review (Dutch version):  Winter, 1998
Block Magazine Review (English version):   Winter, 1998
Blues Connection:  Dec. 1998
Real Blues:  Dec. 1998 - Jan. 1999


Press Releases:

Ronnie Baker Brooks Lights The Torch on August 22, 2006

Watchdog Records Announce The Release of Ronnie Baker Brooks
New CD, "Take Me Witcha"

Ronnie Baker Brooks Nominated
for Chicago Music and W.C. Handy Awards, 01/10/00

Ronnie To Leave Lonnie Brooks Band, 12/19/98

Debut Solo CD, 09/15/98


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