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Today's Clearwater Artist: David Bromberg

by Darren DeVivo
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Calling David Bromberg an eclectic artist is an understatement. It's also an understatement if you try to describe him simply as a versatile musician. David is a singer and songwriter who is equally comfortable playing acoustic or plugging in and going electric. He can play guitar, fiddle, banjo, dobro and pedal steel. Missing anything? Probably. Rock, jazz, country, bluegrass, blues, folk. David has played them all...sometimes, within the same song. The cherry on top of all of this is his sense of humor, which often finds it's way into his work. Over the years, David has performed as a solo artist, fronted his own bands and collaborated and supported scores of other artists. If all of that isn't enough, David is also a violin maker and owner of a violin sales and repair shop.

David was born in 1945 in Philadelphia and was raised in Tarrytown. He began playing and studying guitar as a teenager, absorbing folk, acoustic and electric blues and bluegrass. He enrolled at Columbia University, but the classrooms that David enjoyed most were the music clubs in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. During this time, he studied guitar with Reverend Gary Davis. David quickly became a favorite backing musician for many artists playing live gigs around New York City. He also became a well known and highly respected hired gun for others' recording sessions. By 1972, he had started his own solo career, releasing his first two albums. Within a few years, the David Bromberg Band emerged. After 1980, though, David gradually turned away from recording and performing live. He found a new calling in violin making and made that his priority for many years. But, by 2007, he had returned to making music, releasing his first studio album in nearly 18 years. The latest album, Only Slightly Mad, is the first album credited to the David Bromberg Band in 34 years.

David will return to his Westchester County backyard when he performs with the David Bromberg Big Band at Clearwater on Sunday, June 22.

 

For more about the Clearwater Hudson River Revival, visit clearwaterfestival.org.

 

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