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David Bromberg – “Only Slightly Mad”


David Bromberg – String Wizard!

David Bromberg’s music has been a part of my musical life since the late 1960s when he was the sideman for Jerry Jeff Walker. Aside from several of his solo albums  including the classics: Demon in Disguise and Wanted Dead or Alive  Here’s a list of fifteen other albums that David played are in my library!!

Mr. Bojangles – Jerry Jeff Walker (1968)
Driftin’ Way of Life – Jerry Jeff Walker (1969)
Things I Notice Now – Tom Paxton (1969)
Tom Paxton 6 – Tom Paxton (1970)
Tom Rush – Tom Rush (1970)
Woodsmoke and Oranges – Paul Siebel (1970)
Wrong End of the Rainbow – Tom Rush (1970)
Self Portrait – Bob Dylan (1970)
Jack-Knife Gypsy – Paul Siebel (1970)
Blue River – Eric Andersen (1972)
Diamonds in the Rough – John Prine (1972)
Jerry Jeff Walker – Jerry Jeff Walker (1972)
Somebody Else’s Troubles – Steve Goodman (1973)
Even a Gray Day – Tom Paxton (1983)
John Prine Live – John Prine (1988)

via David Bromberg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Little About David Bromberg’s Career

David’s solo career, like several folk artists from the 70s and 80s has a gap in it from 1989’s Sideman’s Serenade to 2007 when  Appleseed Recordings brought him back into the recording studio. That recording session resulted in the album Try Me One More Time.  From Wikipedia:

. The disc includes Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” and Elizabeth Cotten’s “Shake Sugaree.” The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008

In 2011 Appleseed Recordings released another Bromberg album Use Me. This album featured a variety of guest artists including: Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Tim O’Brien, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, Los Lobos, Widespread Panic, Linda Ronstadt, and Vince Gill!!

Only Slightly Mad - David BrombergOnly Slightly Mad – The Latest Release

Last week, saw the release of a new David Bromberg Band album Only Slightly Mad. The album contains twelve tunes done in the traditional Bromberg style, which means, great blues guitar accompanied by David’s unique vocal stylizing! Three of tracks are Bromberg originals and the rest  are covers from folks like Blind Willie Johnson “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, Big Bill Broonzy “Keep On Drinkin”, David Wiffen “Drivin’ Wheel” Rick Estrin / Donnie Woodruff “I’ll Take You Back”, as well as: Floyd Cramer/Conway Twitty, Pearl Delaney/Tom Delaney, Carter Stanley and Bill Monroe! And it all adds up to a great album!! So check it out!!

Here’s David performing Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” from Try Me One More Time!