Monday, July 4, 2011

CD Review: David Bromberg Uses Friends On New Album

It's good to know that we didn't have to wait another 17 years for the next album from the legendary David Bromberg. His new album entitled "Use Me" will be released on July 12 on Appleseed Records. While his last release, "Try Me One More Time" had David performing solo, this release has him performing with some of the biggest names in the music business.

The album begins with the only Bromberg original "Tongue". The song has an up-tempo blues sound that features Levon Helm on drums and Bromberg on some nice electric guitar. The song also features Larry Campbell on guitar as well as producer. At times, Bromberg's vocals draw similarities to B.B. King as in "Ride On Out A Ways" which includes some nice guitar by John Hiatt. Levon Helm and Larry Campbell return for the bluegrass/country sounding "Bring It With You When You Come". Bromberg stays true to form on the wonderfully written "Blues Is Fallin'" that features Tim O'Brien on mandolin. The addition of Dr. John on "You Don't Wanna Make Me Mad" brings the funk sound to the forefront. It's had Bromberg stepping out of his musical boundary to try something different. The blues comes back in the Keb' Mo' produced "Diggin' In The Deep Blue Sea", then Los Lobos adds a little spanish flair to "The Long Goodbye". Bromberg seems to have the most fun performing on "Old Neighborhood" which features Widespread Panic as his backing band. The album turns country again with the acoustic "It's Just A Matter Of Time" and "Lookout Mountain Girl" which has help from Vince Gill. The album closes with a cover of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that has Bromberg combining all the elements of funk, jazz, blues and country to make the song all his own.

David Bromberg has a load of summer dates scattered up and down the east and west coast. Check his website ( for a full list of tour dates as well as more information on his new album.

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