David Bromberg

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David Bromberg
David Bromberg, Loudis Recital Hall, University of Delaware, 1984.jpg
Bromberg in 1984
Background information
Born (1945-09-19) September 19, 1945 (age 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
Years active1960s–present

David Bromberg (born September 19, 1945) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.[1][2] An eclectic artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock and roll. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time.

Bromberg has played with many famous musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan. He co-wrote the song "The Holdup" with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg's self-titled 1972 album. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy Award.[3] Bromberg is known for his fingerpicking style that he learned from Reverend Gary Davis.[4][5]

Musical career[edit]

David Bromberg and Associates Fine Violins

Bromberg was born to a Jewish family in Philadelphia and raised in Tarrytown, New York.[6][7] He attended Columbia College of Columbia University in the 1960s, studying guitar with Reverend Gary Davis during that period.

Proficient on fiddle, many styles of acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel guitar and dobro, Bromberg began releasing albums of his own in the early 1970s on Columbia Records.[8] 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 Bromberg progressive rock radio airplay. In 1973, he played mandolin, dobro, and electric guitar on Jonathan Edwards' album Have a Good Time for Me.

Bromberg released his first new studio album since 1990 with Try Me One More Time on February 27, 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 Award in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008.[3] His 2011 album Use Me features guests Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Tim O'Brien, Dr. John, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Widespread Panic, Linda Ronstadt, and Vince Gill.

Bromberg in 2018.

Bromberg currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where he and his wife, artist Nancy Josephson, own an extensive violin sales and repair shop, which receives a partial subsidy from the City of Wilmington, Delaware.[9] He occasionally performs at Wilmington's Grand Opera House, where he and his wife are major donors. For six years, ending in May 2017, he sometimes performed at the new World Cafe Live Wilmington, in "The Queen" theater.[10]


Solo albums[edit]

LPs and CDs:


  • The Guitar Artistry of David Bromberg: Demon in Disguise (2008)
  • A Guitar Lesson with David Bromberg (2009)
  • David Bromberg and His Big Band In Concert at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ. (2009)


  • The David Bromberg Quartet at MerleFest, April 29, 2006 (2006)
  • David Bromberg & Angel Band at Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 16, 2007 (2007)
  • The David Bromberg Quartet at MerleFest, April 25, 2009 (2009)

With other artists[edit]

David Bromberg has contributed musically to many albums by other musicians and bands. This is a partial list of those recordings.[8][11]


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. David Bromberg biography at AllMusic
  2. ^ David Bromberg biography at Billboard.com
  3. ^ a b "2008 Grammy Nominations Announced", Great American Country
  4. ^ Studio, Design Intervention. "A Guitar Lesson With David Bromberg". www.guitarvideos.com.
  5. ^ "Episode 772 - David Bromberg". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast.
  6. ^ David Bromberg and Jorma Kaukonen at Tarrytown Music Hall, January 22, 2010 Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine at zvents.com
  7. ^ Caputo, Salvatore (June 15, 2007). "David Bromberg Asks Audience to Try Him Again" Archived June 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  8. ^ a b David Bromberg discography at wirz.de
  9. ^ Baker, James M. (retrieved January 5, 2008) Mayor Baker Says Renown Musician And Collector David Bromberg And His Wife, Sculptor Nancy Josephson, Will Call Wilmington 'Home'[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ https://www.worldcafelive.com/event/1448409-world-cafe-live-queen-s-wilmington/
  11. ^ David Bromberg credits at AllMusic

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