The exceptional performances herein, recorded in 1978-79, forecast by at least 15 years the "Roots" or "Americana" sensibility that became an increasingly popular radio format. It would be giving seriously short shrift to David Bromberg's large, multifarious talent to call him merely "encyclopedic," for he placed his distinctive interpretive stamp on a repertoire ranging from French-Canadian fiddle reels to Southern soul, Tin Pan Alley touchstones to Fifties teen anthems to various forms of guitar blues. This set is an ideal representation of Bromberg (b. 1945) on disc, capturing the guitarist/fiddler/singer/songwriter solo and with a band, with both acoustic and electric backing, and in the studio or before his fans at several venues. Currently based in Chicago, where he is a dealer of collectible violins, Bromberg now performs only occasionally and no longer tours. These 18 tracks remind us just what we've been missing.
Medley My Own House:(My Own House (Me Ain Hoose)/Hangman’s Reel); Medley Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down/Roanoke/Possum Up a Gum Stump/Mississippi Sawyer); Early This Morning, Sheebeg and Sheemore, Cocaine Blues, To Know Her Is to Love Her, Georgia on My Mind, Chump Man Blues, Kitchen Girl, Spanish Johnny, Black and Tan, Lower Left Hand Corner of the Night, Key to the Highway, Helpless Blues, Sharon, As the Years Go Passing By, Solid Gone, Medley Yankee’s Revenge: (Leather Britches/The Red-Haired Boy/Teetotaler’s Reel/The Wind That Shakes the Barley/Drowsy Maggie)
with George Kindler, Dick Fegy, Peter Ecklund, Curtis Linberg, John Firmin, Hugh McDonald, Lance Dickerson, Garth Hudson