Photo by Jim McGuire
Over the course of a career that started in the late 60s, David Bromberg has been at the forefront of Americana music. He has collaborated with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Jerry Garcia, and is considered a flat picker on par with folk music icons Doc
Watson and Clarence White. An expressive singer, a witty
songwriter, and a gifted interpreter of Americana, the multi-instrumentalist's full range of Americana roots are on display on his latest album Only Slightly Mad, out September 24 on Appleseed Recordings. Here's Bromberg's take on the classic Big Bill Broonzy tune "Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down," which Utne Reader is pleased to premiere here:
Recorded in Levon Helm's barn, Only Slightly Mad features Mark Cosgrove (guitar,
mandolin, vocals), Butch Amiot (bass, vocals), Nate Grower (fiddle, mandolin),
and Josh Kanusky (drums). The band will be taking their blues, gospel, and ersatz British drinking songs (and more) on the road for a tour that starts September 13 and includes a feature slot at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville on September 19. Visit David's website for a complete list of tour dates.