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Kreeps with Kids: Comedy Tour

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Bleak Creek Conversations with Rhett & Link

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Jónsi & Alex Somers – Riceboy Sleeps w/ Wordless Orchestra

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Martinis & Murder

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SiriusXM Coffeehouse Tour featuring Joshua Radin & The Weepies

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No Such Thing As A Fish

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U Up? Live

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Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together On Stage

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Todrick: Haus Party Tour

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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith

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Nicole Byer

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Why Won’t You Date Me? Live Podcast with Nicole Byer

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Sat Nov 9th - 9:45PM
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Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas

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An Evening with Matty in the Morning

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Thu Nov 14th - 7:30PM
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An Evening with Al Franken

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Fri Nov 15th - 8:00PM
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Monster Energy Outbreak Presents: Andrew Schulz Matador

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Lore Podcast Live

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Wed Nov 20th - 7:00PM
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Trisha Yearwood

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Fri Nov 22nd - 8:00PM
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Maria Bamford

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Jenny Slate: Little Weirds Tour

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JUDY COLLINS – WINTER STORIES – With Jonas Fjeld and Chatham County Line

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Sun Dec 1st - 7:00PM
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Devendra Banhart

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Wed Dec 4th - 8:00PM
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Stephen Lynch: The My Old Heart Tour

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Thu Dec 5th - 7:30PM
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Chris Botti

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Fri Dec 6th - 8:00PM
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Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice : 35th Anniversary

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Sun Dec 8th - 7:00PM
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Charles Laquidara: The First Farewell Tour ~ An intimate evening of mishegas w/special guest Bill “Spaceman” Lee

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Tue Dec 10th - 07:00 PM
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Sal Vulcano

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Thu Dec 12th - 7:00PM
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Lea DeLaria

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Sun Dec 15th - 7:30PM
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Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision

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Sat Dec 28th - 07:00 PM
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Chris Fleming

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Sat Jan 4th - 07:00 PM
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Godfrey

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Fri Jan 10th - 07:30 PM
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Brendan Schaub

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Sat Jan 11th - 7:00PM
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Judge John Hodgman

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Tue Jan 14th - 07:30 PM
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GARY GULMAN: PEACE OF MIND

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Sat Jan 18th - 7:00PM
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Sat Jan 18th - 9:45PM
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Jackson Galaxy: Total Cat Mojo Live

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Nikki Glaser: Bang It Out

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Fri Jan 24th - 7:00PM
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Fri Jan 24th - 09:45 PM
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Girls Gotta Eat

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Sat Jan 25th - 7:00PM
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Sun Jan 26th - 7:00PM
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Citizen Cope

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Fri Feb 14th - 08:00 PM
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Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite

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The Mindset Tour with Simon Sinek

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Wed Mar 4th - 07:30 PM
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Doug Stanhope

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Fri Mar 13th - 7:30PM
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My Dad Wrote A Porno World Tour 2020

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Thu Apr 9th - 7:30PM
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Fri Apr 10th - 7:30PM
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Colin Hay

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Sat Apr 11th - 8:00PM
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Paula Poundstone

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Fri Apr 17th - 07:30 PM
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Tracy Morgan

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Sat Apr 18th - 07:00 PM
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Music of Cream – Disraeli Gears Tour

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Sun Apr 19th - 08:00 PM
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Kathleen Madigan: 8 O’Clock Happy Hour Tour

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Fri Apr 24th - 07:30 PM
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Brad Williams

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Sat Jun 13th - 07:00 PM
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Bio

ABOUT DAVID BROMBERG: For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and

ABOUT DAVID BROMBERG:

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues.

His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.

Add in a period of self-imposed exile from his passion (1980-2002), during which he became a renowned violin expert, and Wilmington, Delaware’s cultural ambassador; top that off with a triumphant return to music-making, and you have an amazing tale leading back to one place: the blues.

Now, with The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, his first release for Red House Records, Bromberg and multi-Grammy-winning producer/accompanist Larry Campbell (Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Simon) focus on the music David discovered in high school, when, circa late 50s, he was introduced to a friend’s dad’s collection of blues 78s. He’d only just taken up guitar as a means to pass the time while in bed with the measles.

“I loved those 78s so much,” says David, “I taped them on a portable reel-to-reel, so I could listen at home and learn.”

That love is evident in The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues. The album is both blues primer and an opportunity to witness a master embracing this distinctly American music with passion and grace.

“There’s a lot of different types of blues on there,” Bromberg notes. “We decided to start it off with a dyed-in-the-wool blues [Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues”], but there’s also country blues [“Kentucky Blues”], and gospel-influenced blues [“Yield Not”].”

Bromberg, a onetime sideman himself, is quick to give props to his long-running road-and-studio cohorts: Butch Amiot (bass), Josh Kanusky (drums), Mark Cosgrove (guitar), Nate Grower (fiddle), and Peter Ecklund (cornet). Of producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, fellow Reverend Gary Davis acolyte, and old friend Larry Campbell, he says, “To use a baseball analogy, Larry is like a star at any position in the infield, because he can play them all.”

Since meeting in the early 80’s, Campbell and Bromberg had crossed paths many times. They finally worked together in Levon Helm’s studio for David’s 2013 return-to-form Only Slightly Mad. “He wanted to do a Chicago blues album then,” Larry says. “But we decided to remind folks of what he does better than anyone: the whole gamut of Americana, the full Brombergian. And we got some new fans. For this one, we went back to the blues, and made use of David’s great vocabulary in all veins of the genre.”

Bromberg’s guitar work remains a marvel; amped electric lead – both slide and fretted – and delicately powerful acoustic fingerpicking propel these songs with the same force that made him the go-to guy for acts ranging from the Eagles to Link Wray to Phoebe Snow. This is a man who can go full-on Chicago gutbucket with “You Don’t Have to Go” (a Bromberg original), then slay with the jazz inflections of Ray Charles’ “A Fool for You,” rendered here intimately solo. Although Bromberg points out he’s not the same guitarist he was before his two decades away from performing and recording. “I play differently,” he says. “I can’t play as fast, but playing slower gives me more time to think about what I’m doing.”

“He’s always able to plug into the emotion of a song,” Campbell says. “He’s incredibly inventive as a player. Sometimes restrictions can be good.”

Listeners can actually hear what the years have given Bromberg in the spartan, acoustic “Delia.” Bromberg originally covered this traditional nugget on his 1972 self-titled debut – a live, solo rendition with a spoken-word break. The new version features Campbell and Bromberg in the studio, revisiting Bromberg’s live arrangement from their occasional duo tours. It is mesmerizing, with gravitas only experience can bring. “Larry and I have played ‘Delia’ a lot,” Bromberg says. “I love what he does on it.”

Longtime fans will notice another difference: Bromberg’s voice; he’s really singing. The vocals cover a broad range: impassioned, vibrato-laden testifying; pew-jumping soul shouts; soft, confident, crooning; and, of course, his peerless raconteur chops (particularly in “You Been A Good Old Wagon”).

“When I first started,” Bromberg says, “singing was something I did between guitar solos. But during the period I did so little performing, I took some voice lessons, and now, I know more what I’m doing. I love singing now. Love it.”

Larry Campbell was impressed at the newfound vocal chops, too. “He is a better vocalist than ever,” he says. “He’s strong, and present. None of the songs took more than three takes. And he was able to take the old folk song ‘900 Miles’ [a “railroad song” made famous by Odetta and Woody Guthrie], and turn it into an electric blues that’s a real high point of the album for me.”

Although he remains the proprietor of the beloved David Bromberg Fine Violins in Wilmington, Delaware – “I love my shop,” he says – Bromberg makes time to tour with his quintet, and he’s already included every song in his live repertoire (save “Yield Not,” which requires a choir), from The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues. As ever, he brings his characteristic devotional intensity to the music, invigorating his surprise third act with the same passion he felt as a teen, spinning those blues 78s, just before the road called. 

 

ABOUT LOUDON WAINWRIGHT:

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2010 GRAMMY Winner (Best Traditional Folk Album) for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (Two previous GRAMMY nominations: I’m Alright, 1985 and More Love Songs, 1986).

Best Album of 2009: High Wide & Handsome per NPR’s Ken Tucker (Fresh Air & Entertainment Weekly magazine).

High Wide & Handsome named among the year’s best per Village Voice, No Depression, FolkWax and fRoots.

“Mr. Wainwright has proved to be far and away the most candid diarist among the singer-songwriters who… brought confessional poetry into popular song… Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.” – New York Times, Stephen Holden

Songs covered by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Mose Allison, Big Star, Freakwater, Norma Waterson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright.

Film acting credits include: Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up (for which he also recorded the soundtrack) and The 40 Year Old Virgin; Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration; Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown; Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; Tim Burton’s Big Fish; 28 Days alongside Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen and Steve Buscemi; Jacknife alongside Robert De Niro and Ed Harris; Neil Simon’s The Slugger’s Wife.

Television acting credits include: Parks and Recreation (w/ Amy Poehler); Undeclared (w/ Seth Rogen & writer/producer Judd Apatow); Grounded for Life; Ally McBeal; The T.V. Show (w/ Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Billy Crystal) where he played keyboard with the early Spinal Tap, which made it’s first appearance on this program; a recurring role on M*A*S*H and a role as the original musician/sidekick on The David Letterman Show.

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