Saturday, September 20, 2014
David Bromberg (Acoustic/Country/Folk)
One of America's finest roots musicians, David Bromberg, performs at Folk Alliance International in Memphis, TN. Bromberg's sensitive, blues-based approach to guitar-playing earned him jobs, playing on hundreds of records by artists including Bob Dylan (New Morning, Self Portrait, Dylan), Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson and Carly Simon. In the early '90s, David produced an as-yet-unreleased Dylan album, although two tracks have been issued as part of Dylan's "Bootleg Series." An unexpected and wildly successful solo spot at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in Great Britain led to a solo deal with Columbia Records, for whom David recorded four albums. Despite jubilant, loose-limbed concerts and a string of acclaimed albums, Bromberg found himself exhausted by the logistics of the music business. After a 17-year hiatus from the music business, fellow musicians and participation in weekly jam sessions helped rekindle Bromberg's desire to perform music "live" again and get back into the recording studio (new album Use Me). David frequently serves as accompanist for Angel Band, fronted by his wife Nancy and two other female vocalists. David continues his musical revitalization with projects like Use Me, playing solo shows or backed by his own bluegrass quartet and reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The string band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, perform at the Folk Alliance International in Memphis, TN. Rolling Stone Magazine describes the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops' style as "dirt-floor-dance electricity". The Carolina Chocolate Drops newest release, Genuine Negro Jig, features string band interpretations of Blu Cantrell's beat-box driven R&B single "Hit 'Em Up Style" and Tom Waits' "Trampled Rose," as well as a pair of original compositions, alongside such traditional tracks as "Cornbread and Butterbeans" and "Trouble in Your Mind." It is the band's second record; their 2007 release, Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind, was praised by Paste for "bravely and expertly reclaiming the string band tradition for modern African-American culture," while NPR's Weekend Edition calls the band "the hottest thing to hit the old-time music community in decades."