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Interview:
Folk Vet Bromberg Preps First Album In 17 Years
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been 17 years since veteran troubadour David Bromberg released a new album. But, he says, the passage of time “never particularly struck me one way or the other.”

“I wasn’t even aware it was that long until somebody told me,” says Bromberg, 61, who will come out with “Try Me One More Time” on Feb. 27. “In the past I’ve always produced my own albums, which means a level of concentration I’m not sure I could get together again.

“I just wasn’t really enthusiastic about locking myself into a windowless (studio) room and thinking about nothing but a record for three weeks, 18 hours a day.”

Bromberg — who’s worked as a session hand and sideman for Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ringo Starr, John Prine and others — hasn’t been idle between albums, however. He studied violin-making and sells and appraises the instruments at David Bromberg Fine Violins in Wilmington, Del. He also plays live, with his own ensembles and as a member of the Angel Band, which includes his wife, Nancy Josephson, on vocals and recently released its fi rst album, “Beautiful Noise.”

For “Try Me One More Time,” Bromberg eschewed an intensive recording project and instead recorded by himself, mixing originals with covers of Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” and mentor Rev. Gary Davis’ “I Belong to the Band.” Bromberg says the album “sounds a little bit like a fi eld recording, just me and a guitar, no overdubs.”

“I guess it’s a real folk music record in a lot of ways,” he explains. “There’s a lot of obscure, traditional tunes, a couple things other people wrote. ... Like an old-time folk music record, I guess.

“I’m pretty proud of the thing. There’s no time on it that I’m trying to impress anybody — ‘I’ll knock ’em dead with this!’ It’s just a guy doing tunes the way he knows ’em. I’m older, maybe a little bit more mature. I don’t have as much to prove.”



David Bromberg and the Angel Band perform at 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 19th) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $35. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www. theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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