The Chocolate Church Arts Center will present Americana godfather and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg and his band on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Bromberg, who started his career as a session musician, has had a remarkable musical journey spanning over five decades. He has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and George Harrison, with whom Bromberg co-wrote the song “The Holdup.” Besides being a celebrated songwriter, Bromberg is a legendary guitar player, and master of several other stringed instruments, including fiddle, dobro, and mandolin. His guitar work, both amped-up electric lead and delicate fingerpicked acoustic, has been lauded by fellow musicians like multi-Grammy award winning producer Larry Campbell, who says, “He’s always able to plug into the emotion of a song. He’s incredibly inventive as a player.”
Campbell serves as producer and accompanist on David Bromberg’s new album, “The Blues, The Whole Blues, and Nothing But The Blues,” on which the duo, along with a world-class band, revisits music that Bromberg fell in love with as a young man. Bromberg recounts that as a high school student, he had just taken up guitar as a means to pass the time while in bed with measles, when he was introduced by a friend to a collection of old blues records. “I loved those 78s so much,” says Bromberg, “I taped them on a portable reel-to-reel, so I could listen at home and learn.”
Bromberg’s lifelong love of and mastery of the Blues is crystal clear on the new album,” which serves as both a primer on the genre, and an opportunity to witness a master embracing this distinctly American music with passion and grace.
Tickets for The David Bromberg Quintet at the Chocolate Church Arts Center range from $38-$43 in advance, or $45 at the door, and are available at www.chocolatechurcharts.org or by calling 207-442-8455