Two decades before some discerning U.S. radio stations conceived of playlists that blend rootsy rock, folk, blues, country, and bluegrass, multi-string ace/singer/songwriter David Bromberg was a one-man "Americana" format–and then some. Bromberg (b. 1945), who can probably stake the unique claim of having recorded with both Bob Dylan and Chubby Checker, was brilliant on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and dobro. The past tense is used here because the David Bromberg Band, once a leading attraction on the folk music circuit (although they were also known to plug in, now and then), ceased touring and recording in 1980. (Bromberg has since become a well-known international trader of vintage violins.) This collection, which combines the Bromberg Band's two sublime studio albums for Fantasy, offers the heady mix of original and traditional material that was one of their signatures.
I Want to Go Home, Stealin', Medley: Sally Goodin'/Old Joe Clark/Wheel Hoss, Child's Song, Mrs. Delion's Lament, Medley: Battle of Bull Run/Paddy on the Turnpike/Rover's Fancy, What a Town, Baby Breeze, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Bandit in a Bathing Suit, If You Don't Want Me Baby, Queen Ellen, Sweet Sweet Sadness, Peanut Man, Debby Boone, Love Please Come Home/Blackberry Blossom/Dixie Hoedown/June Apple, Ugly Hour, Travelling Man, Northeast Texas Women
with Dick Fegy, George Kindler, Curt Linberg, John Firmin, Hugh McDonald, David Schallock, Lance Dickerson