recorded in Franklin Hall, Kent State University
In the '60s and '70s, David Bromberg built a career as a skilled and talented guitar player. After performing as a sideman for some of the leading folk artists of the day (including Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker and Rosalie Sorrels), he established himself as a headliner while still playing behind, producing and writing with Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, George Harrison, The Eagles and others. He was a major label artist, playing big venues all over the country.
Then, in 1980, he walked away from it all. Tired of living out of a suitcase, Bromberg created an entirely new life -- learning how to build violins before launching a company (in Chicago and now Delaware) that repairs and brokers the sale of violins, violas and cellos. And, he became just as successful in this new field as he was as a musician.
Fast forward to 2007 and David Bromberg returned to the stage -- still as wicked good as he was his first time around (enough to win a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk for 'Try Me One More Time'). Like a fine wine, Bromberg has only gotten better with some time out of the spotlight. When Bromberg stopped by the Folk Alley Studios with his quartet, he took Jim Blum through his amazing journey and played a few songs to prove his point.