Three long-awaited words: David Bromberg’s back!
Roots music fans around the world rejoiced in the 2007 release of Try Me One More Time, the first new CD in almost two decades by guitarist/vocalist David Bromberg, a master practitioner of folk, blues, bluegrass and other musical genres. This new recording is undiluted David: one man, one acoustic guitar, and a repertoire of mostly traditional material performed with the intimate, assured touch of a musician who has nothing to prove.
The members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was obviously impressed: in December 2007, Try Me One More Time was named a finalist in the “Best Traditional Folk Recording” category of the GRAMMY Awards. The winner will be announced on February 10, 2008.
David’s new CD on Appleseed Recordings was one of the major releases by the independent, idealistic record label issued to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2007.
Originally a “must-have” session man for everyone from Bob Dylan to Jay & the Americans and subsequently a hard-touring bandleader and recording artist with an enthusiastic following, multi-instrumentalist Bromberg gradually phased himself out of the continual record-tour-record cycle starting in 1980. “I got burned out, but I didn’t know it was burn-out,” he reflects. “I thought I wasn’t a musician anymore. I wasn’t writing or practicing. And I didn’t want to be one of those musicians who ends up ‘phoning it in.’ Music was too important to me to treat it that way.”