“The reason man created stringed instruments. David touched them with a lover’s fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke.”
– Jerry Jeff Walker on David Bromberg
The first time I heard David Bromberg play those stringed instrument was way back in 1969, when I bought Jerry Jeff’s Mr. Bojangles album and I’ve been a fan ever since!! David celebrates his 68th birthday today, and next week his new album Only Slightly Mad will be released!! From his website:
He’s played with everyone, he’s toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. Here’s the story of David Bromberg, or at least some of it . . .
Born in Philadelphia in 1945 and raised in Tarrytown, NY, “as a kid I listened to rock ’n’ roll and whatever else was on the radio,” says Bromberg. “I discovered Pete Seeger and The Weavers and, through them, Reverend Gary Davis. I then discovered Big Bill Broonzy, who led me to Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues. This was more or less the same time I discovered Flatt and Scruggs, which led to Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.” Continue Reading
This morning I was thinking about what video to use. Let’s see there’s David’s version of “Mr Bojangles”, how about “Statesboro Blues”, or “The New Lee Highway Blues” all are worthy of a listen on his birthday! Then I came across this video of David performing at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch with Jorma sitting in!! What a way to celebrate with TWO of my favorite acoustic musicians!!
Happy Birthday, David!! Have a Great Day!!