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David Bromberg

Bromberg in 1984
Background information
Birth name David Bromberg
Born September 19, 1945
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres Folk, Blues, Ragtime guitar, Bluegrass, Rock, R&B
Occupations Singer-Songwriter, session musician
Instruments Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, violin
Years active 1960s-Present
Labels Columbia
Wounded Bird
and others
Website Official website

David Bromberg (born September 19, 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Bromberg has an eclectic style, playing bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock & roll equally well. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.



Raised in Tarrytown, NY,[1] Bromberg attended Columbia University in the 1960s and studied guitar with Reverend Gary Davis during that period. He has played with many famous musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, and Bob Dylan, and co-wrote the song "The Holdup", with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg's self-titled 1971 album.

He began releasing albums of his own in the early 1970s on Columbia Records. His seven-minute rendition of "Mr. Bojangles" from 1972's Demon in Disguise, interspersed with tales about traveling with song author Jerry Jeff Walker, earned progressive rock radio airplay.

Bromberg currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where he and his wife, artist Nancy Josephson, own an extensive violin sales and repair shop, with a partial subsidy from the City of Wilmington, Delaware.[2] He occasionally performs at Wilmington's Grand Opera House. According to a local Wilmington news story in early 2008,his collection consists of 275 American violins and is the largest known collection in the United States.

Bromberg is proficient on fiddle, many styles of acoustic and electric guitar (to each of which he lends a highly individual voice), pedal steel guitar and Dobro. David Lindley, Norman Blake, Mark O'Connor, Larry Campbell, Robin Williamson, Emily Robison and Ricky Skaggs are among the small number of other major musicians with equal proficiency on three or more string instruments.

Bromberg released his first new studio album since 1990 with Try Me One More Time on 27 February 2007, on Appleseed Recordings. The disc includes Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" and Elizabeth Cotten's "Shake Sugaree." The album was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008.


  • The Devil's Anvil (1967)
  • David Bromberg (1971)
  • Aereo-Plain (producer)(1971)
  • Demon in Disguise (1972)
  • Wanted Dead or Alive (1974)
  • Midnight on the Water (1975)
  • How Late'll Ya Play 'Til? [live] (1976)
  • How Late'll Ya Play 'Til?, Vol. 1 [Live] (1976)
  • How Late'll Ya Play 'Til?, Vol. 2 [Studio] (1976)
  • Hillbilly Jazz, Vol. 1 (1975)
  • Hillbilly Jazz, Vol. 2 (1977)
  • Reckless Abandon (1977)
  • Out Of The Blues: Best of David Bromberg (1977) - Compilation album
  • Bandit in a Bathing Suit (1978)
  • My Own House (1978)
  • You Should See the Rest of The Band (1980)
  • Long Way from Here (1987)
  • Sideman Serenade (1990)
  • The Player: Retrospective (1998)
  • Try Me One More Time (2007)
  • Live New York City 1982 (2008)

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