Esteemed roots music veteran David Bromberg will be performing a virtual birthday concert with his band, the David Bromberg Quintet, at the storied Arden Music Hall, a legendary music venue in Bromberg’s hometown of Wilmington, DE. While they’ll be performing in an empty hall, the ticketed show, presented by Philadelphia’s WXPN, will be livestreamed starting at 8 pm ET. There is also a special VIP ticket option that includes a full-length interview of David by acclaimed actor and musician Jeff Daniels.
Bromberg, in a recent interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca, says he’s not using the occasion of his 75th birthday to ponder his long career, which has included 19 studio albums, including his latest, BIG ROAD, and collaboration with musicians like Bob Dylan and many others. “I never look back,” he says. “I don’t find that productive.” Instead, he prefers to be “right in the moment.”
Bromberg has been a force in American music since the late 1960’s. As an accompanist to Jerry Jeff Walker, Bromberg caught the ear of Bob Dylan, eventually backing Dylan on albums including Self-Portrait and New Morning. Before long, Bromberg was everywhere: in recording sessions with John Prine, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson and Carly Simon, and writing with George Harrison and playing festivals around the world, including the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival where Bromberg tamed a raucous crowd of 400,000, gaining four encores and a record contract with Columbia Records.
After nearly a half century as a recording artist, Bromberg is still pushing boundaries, still an iconoclast, still unapologetically unique, as he continues to explore his life’s journey via a path that might be considered “asymmetrical.” His musical expression is still inimitable and his scope of musical knowledge is encyclopedic.
BIG ROAD, the latest release by the David Bromberg Quintet, harks back to the golden age of record making, when enjoying an album was a tactile, visual and auditory experience. Recorded at the the Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY with longtime producer, GRAMMY®-winner Larry Campbell, this collection is the most intimate portrait of David and his band, musically and visually, to date. BIG ROAD is available as a CD/DVD release as well as a gatefold LP. The album features 12 new tracks, five hi-def performance videos and a mini-documentary detailing the album’s creation.
Bromberg’s road-tested band is anchored by Mark Cosgrove (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Nate Grower (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Josh Kanusky (drums, vocals) and newest member, Suavek Zaniesienko (bass, vocals). Joining David’s core band for the session are keyboardist extraordinaire Dan Walker on piano, organ and accordion, a stellar horn section of Bromberg regulars Birch Johnson (trombone), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Matt Koza (tenor sax) and Bob Stewart (tuba) and producer Campbell (mandolin and pedal steel).
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“This is one of those rare, instant classic albums, faultless in conception and delivery from start to finish. This is Bromberg at his deservedly much-lauded best.” —Elmore
“The Big Road of the title song refers to the journey of life. For Bromberg, music represents the experience of living. His latest album reveals how intertwined the two are.” —Popmatters
“A masterful guitarist, mandolinist and violinist…” —Forbes
“…there are few stylistic initiatives he’s failed to explore, making him as fine a representative of arched Americana as any contemporary either before or since.” — American Songwriter