This is Bromberg’s first new CD in about 17 years, and it’s worth the wait. It represents a return to his basic roots/blues influences. In the sixties and seventies, Bromberg was a noted studio musician and recording artist with a repertoire that featured such classics as “Suffer to Sing the Blues”, “Send Me To The ‘lectric Chair” (a song that begs a dedication to OJ Simpson), and “I Will Not Be Your Fool” (one of the greatest rants of all time and a must-see live performance).
Sadly, by his own admission, Bromberg burned out from the pressures of recording and touring. He shifted gears and learned how to make violins, ultimately moving to Wilmington, DE to open a violin store (David Bromberg’s Fine Violins). David began to slowly get back into making music by playing in weekly local jam sessions. He was encouraged by fellow musicians Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen and this CD is the result.
Bromberg draws on a wide range of influences. Two Rev. Gary Davis’ songs, “I belong to the Band” and “Trying to Get Home” are standouts. In addition, Robert Johnson (“Kind Hearted Woman”), Elizabeth Cotton (“Shake Sugaree”), and former employer Bobby Zimmerman (“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”) are handled by Bromberg’s spare acoustic arrangements. This CD is truly a labor of love…excellent guitar playing with vocals that drip with a reverence for the blues. Good to have David Bromberg back…hope we don’t have to wait another 17 years.