As of the late 1990s, guitarist and fiddler David Bromberg was in musical semi-retirement, supplementing his day job (making his living buying and selling American-made violins) with the odd club gig. But in the 1970s, he had a thriving career as both a bandleader and a sideman, having played on seminal recordings by Bob Dylan, the Eagles, and Jerry Jeff Walker, among others. This disc includes two of his early albums: first, the acoustic and largely solo My Own House, on which he plays a program that ranges from traditional Scottish and American fiddle tunes through Delta blues and songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Phil Spector. Talk about Americana. The second album included on this disc couldn’t be more of a contrast: You Should See the Rest of the Band is a live recording with a large and very definitely electric band.
David Bromberg (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle); Brantley Kearns (vocals, violin, background vocals);
Haim Shtrum (vocals, violin); Doyle Lawson, Emmylou Harris, Lyndon Ungar, John Herald, Ricky Skaggs, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt (vocals, background vocals);
Bernie Leadon (guitar, acoustic guitar);
Jesse Ed Davis (guitar, electric guitar);
Dick Fegy (guitar, violin);
Brian Ahern, Buddy Cage (guitar);
Richard Fegy (acoustic guitar, fiddle);
Red Rhodes (steel guitar);
Jay Ungar (mandolin, violin, fiddle);
Evan Stover (violin, fiddle);
James Getzoff, Tony Posk (violin);
Ann Goodman (cello);
Billy Novick (pennywhistle, clarinet);
Paul Fleisher (pennywhistle, saxophone, wind);
Joe Darensbourg (clarinet); Ernie Watts (saxophone);
Peter Ecklund (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, horns);
John Ewing (trombone);
Dr. John, Mac Rebennack (piano);
Steve Mosley (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Vic Anesini.
Photographer: Al Clayton.
Arrangers: David Bromberg; Jay Ungar; Billy Novick.
A big-band blowout album with guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Emmy Lou Harris, it features “The Jokes on Me” and “Don’t Put that Thing on Me.” ~ Richard Meyer