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Showing posts with label The Blues The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Blues The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. Show all posts

Friday, December 16, 2016

Red House Records artist: David Bromberg Band - The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues by David Bromberg Band and it's terrific! I've been listening to David Bromberg most of my adult life and he just keeps finding new angles to make it happen. Opening with Robert Johnson's Walking Blues, Bromberg has the lead on vocal and electric guitar, joined by Mark Cosgrove on guitar, Butch Amiot on bass, Josh Kanusky on drums and Bill Payne on piano. Maintaining a traditional but more modern raw feeling, this is a super opener with cool slide work. The clever, How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come 'Round?, is really right up Bromberg's alley. A solid portion of his song base is done me wrong, satyric and story telling tracks and he does a real nice job on this one. Adding Nate Grower on fiddle, Steve Bernstein on trumpet, Lou Marini on sax and Birch Johnson on trombone. Little Hat Jones' Kentucky Blues is up next and played straight. Growler contributes nicely on fiddle and Cosgrove on mandolin. Bobby Charles' Why Are People Like That shows strong New Orleans feel with cool piano work by Payne, key trumpet accents and nicely stylized guitar work. Ray Charles' A Fool For You features Bromberg only, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. A master guitar player and a heartfelt singer, a gem. Sonny Boy Williamson's Eyesight To The Blind, has a really nice groove and Bromberg's guitar work is nicely balanced by his own vocals and Grower's fiddle. Excellent! John Willie Henry's You've Been A Good Ole Wagon, is another track with that New Orleans sound and Bernstein on trumpet, Marini on clarinet and Johnson on trombone really give this track that "right" feel. Cosgrove pulls out the mandolin again with a nice solo and Marini's clarinet sings. Very cool. Billy Payne's piano work adds great texture and Bromberg's own acoustic guitar work brightness and punch. Title track, The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues has a cool swing with mostly horn backing. Stinging guitar solo's by booth Bromberg and Cosgrove give the track even more bite. If you really don't know David's work well, this is a guy who really can lay down the dirty blues and here it is. This Month is one of his own tracks with his biting wit and his guitar work is definitely up to the task. Payne sets up some real nice organ work and then Bromberg steps up with his nicely phrased guitar solo. Always a favorite. Wrapping the release is You Don't Have to Go with Bromberg flashing his slide and pairing his solo's with Grower on fiddle. A real solid wrapper for a super release.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Out Today: David Bromberg releases "The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues"

"The Blues, The Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues" Out Today

"The album solidifies Bromberg's legacy as an American music icon in his own right." - Music Aficianado

"Bromberg has never sung better.. his guitar still gets its licks in, too, whether it’s an electric slide on the Chicago-style original “You Don’t Have to Go," or an acoustic on Ray Charles' "A Fool for You." -  Associated Press

Dubbed “an American music icon” (Dr. John), David Bromberg, whose incredible career includes collaborations with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, The Eagles, and so many more, will release The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues on October 14, his first release with Red House Records (available on CD, LP and through all major digital providers). A master interpreter and multi-instrumentalist, Bromberg’s first album since 2013 is a wonderfully curated selection of deep cuts from the blues genre, in addition to original compositions.  This is the Godfather of Americana’s 18th album, the latest in a solo career that began in 1971 on his self-titled debut. 

Bromberg found the inspiration for the album when he heard Willie Nelson repeat a quote from Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble: "There's only two kinds of music––the Star-Spangled Banner and the Blues." Through Bromberg's unparalleled playing and gift for interpretation and Campbell's tasteful horn arrangements, the record reaches electrifying heights as well as intimate acoustic moments, breathing fresh life into the songs of Robert Johnson, Bobby Charles, George "Little Hat" Jones, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. Ray Charles’ “A Fool For You” is one of many album stand-outs, featuring just David on a spellbinding solo acoustic guitar performance and vocals. For more on Bromberg go to