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Try Me One More Time

by David Bromberg

The musicians’ musician and fans’ favorite returns with his first studio CD in 17 years; roots music from a master.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Try Me One More Time
3:16 album only
2. Kind Hearted Woman
3:48 album only
3. Big Road
2:53 album only
4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
4:30 album only
5. Buck Dancer's Choice
1:54 album only
6. I Belong to the Band
3:35 album only
7. Moonshiner
1:33 album only
8. Shake Sugaree
3:10 album only
9. Hey Bub
1:37 album only
10. Love Changing Blues
3:10 album only
11. When First Unto This Country
3:03 album only
12. Levee Camp Moan
2:17 album only
13. Trying to Get Home
4:01 album only
14. East Virginia
3:47 album only
15. Windin' Boy
3:18 album only
16. Lonesome Roving Wolves
1:56 album only


Album Notes
Three long-awaited words: David Bromberg’s back!

Roots music fans around the world will rejoice in the release of “Try Me One More Time,” the first new CD in almost two decades by guitarist/vocalist David Bromberg, a master practitioner of folk, blues, bluegrass and other musical genres. This new recording is undiluted David: one man, one acoustic guitar, and a repertoire of mostly traditional material performed with the intimate, assured touch of a musician who has nothing to prove.

Originally a “must-have” session man for everyone from Bob Dylan to Jay & the Americans and subsequently a hard-touring bandleader and recording artist with an enthusiastic following, Bromberg gradually phased himself out of the continual record-tour-record cycle starting in 1980. “I got burned out, but I didn’t know it was burn-out,” he reflects. “I thought I wasn’t a musician anymore. I wasn’t writing or practicing. And I didn’t want to be one of those musicians who ends up ‘phoning it in.’ Music was too important to me to treat it that way.”

So he switched his focus from performing to studying, moving to Chicago in 1980 to attend and graduate from the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making. Based in the Windy City until 2002, when he relocated to Wilmington, Del., to open a violin store, Bromberg has continued to tour periodically, but has mostly stayed away from recording studios, with 1990’s “Sideman Serenade” his last album until now.

On “Try Me One More Time,” Bromberg harkens back to the acoustic folk and blues music of his early days on the mid-’60s Greenwich Village folk scene, a period when he guided the blind gospel-blues singer Reverend Gary Davis to concerts and churches in exchange for guitar lessons. Bromberg performs two of “the Rev’s” compositions on his new CD – “I Belong to the Band” and “Trying to Get Home” – as well as songs written by Robert Johnson (“Kind Hearted Woman”), Elizabeth Cotten (“Shake Sugaree”), Tommy Johnson (“Big Road”), Blind Willie McTell (“Love Changing Blues”), sometime Bromberg employer Bob Dylan (“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”), and songs from the traditional realm, including two exquisitely rendered instrumentals (“Buck Dancer’s Choice,” “Hey Bub”). The title track is Bromberg’s first recording of a song he wrote more than 30 years ago.

In liner notes as conversational as his distinctive, low-key vocals, Bromberg maintains that “Try Me One More Time” is the first record he’s made where he “wasn’t trying to impress anybody . . . I’m just doing the tunes.” Nonetheless, the outcome can’t fail to delight listeners who appreciate an understated virtuoso playing and singing the music he loves.

David Bromberg’s new CD on Appleseed Recordings is one of the major releases scheduled by the independent, idealistic record label to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2007.

He’s played with everyone, he’s toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. Here’s the story of David Bromberg, or at least some of it . . .

Born in Philadelphia in 1945 and raised in Tarrytown, NY, “as a kid I listened to rock ’n’ roll and whatever else was on the radio,” says Bromberg. “I discovered Pete Seeger and The Weavers and, through them, Reverend Gary Davis. I then discovered Big Bill Broonzy, who led me to Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues. This was more or less the same time I discovered Flatt and Scruggs, which led to Bill Monroe and Doc Watson.”

Bromberg began studying guitar-playing when he was 13 and eventually enrolled in Columbia University as a musicology major. The call of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-’60s drew David to the downtown clubs and coffeehouses, where he could watch and learn from the best performers, including primary sources such as his inspiration and teacher, the Reverend Gary Davis.

Bromberg’s sensitive and versatile approach to guitar-playing earned him jobs playing the Village “basket houses” for tips, the occasional paying gig, and lots of employment as a backing musician for Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker and Rosalie Sorrels, among others. He became a first-call, “hired gun” guitarist for recording sessions, ultimately 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.

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. His eponymous 1971 debut not only included the mock-anguished “Suffer to Sing the Blues,” a Bromberg original that became an FM radio staple, but also “The Holdup,” a songwriting collaboration with former Beatle George Harrison, whom he met at his manager’s Thanksgiving dinner festivities. Harrison also played slide guitar on the track. Through Bromberg’s manager, Al Aronowitz, David also met the Grateful Dead and wound up with four of their members, including Jerry Garcia, playing on his next two albums.

Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, continually expanded with each new album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music, and his touring band grew apace. By the mid-’70s, the David Bromberg Big Band included horn-players, a violinist, and several multi-instrumentalists, including David himself. Among the best-known Bromberg Band graduates: mandolinist Andy Statman, later a major figure in the Klezmer music movement in America, and fiddler Jay Ungar (who wrote the memorable “Ashokan Farewell” for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, “The Civil War”).

Despite jubilant, loose-limbed concerts and a string of acclaimed albums on the Fantasy label, Bromberg found himself exhausted by the logistics of the music business. “I decided to change the direction of my life,” he explains. So David dissolved his band in 1980, and he and his artist/musician wife, Nancy Josephson, moved from Northern California to Chicago, where David attended the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making. Though he still toured periodically, the recordings slowed to a trickle and then stopped.

After “too many Chicago winters,” in 2002 David and Nancy were lured to Wilmington, Del., where they became part of the city’s artist-in-residence program and where David could establish David Bromberg Fine Violins, a retail store and repair shop for high quality instruments. Frequent participation in the city’s weekly jam sessions helped rekindle Bromberg’s desire to make music again, as did the encouragement of fellow musicians Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Desert Rose Band, Flying Burrito Brothers) and bluegrass wizard Herb Pedersen, and David’s manager, Steve Bailey. The jams also led to the formation of Angel Band, fronted by Nancy and two other female vocalists, with David serving as an accompanist.

With the release of “Try Me One More Time,” David continues his musical revitalization, playing shows on his own, backed by (and supporting) Angel Band, his own David Bromberg Quartet, and reunions of the David Bromberg Big Band, the configuration depending on the circumstance. Listen for that joyful noise – David Bromberg’s back!



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One More Time, THANKS!!!!!!
David's voice has qualities posessed by no other, likewise his versatility on any guitar he touches is unsurpassed! His previous albums have kept us satisfied for the past 17 years, but what a thrill to have one more! We hope it's the first of many!

Michel chesnais

Un grand plaisir
Un grand plaisir de découvrir ce CD
David est pour moi une légende vivante et avec Tom Rush et le regretté Dave Van Ronk mes favoris depuis ma jeunesse.J'ai maintenant 60 ans.
Merci David pour ce CD tant attendu.

Robb Kloss

How excellent to listen to an old favourite artist once again
How excellent to listen to an old favourite artist once again. David certainly has not lost his chops and his voice has gained a maturity better than before. The acapella tunes are wonderful. Gave it a listen here in New Zealand with a few people not familar with his music. They are now David Bromberg fans. Welcome back Dave.

Lori D

Ahhhhhh. Sounds just like he did 30 years ago.

Harald Arnesen

Mr. Bromberg is back!
And he's just as great as 17 years ago. I have always loved his voice and guitar sound, and here he plays some of his favorites with deep respect for the originals. Don't wait another 17 years till the next record, David!


Try Me One More Time
Almost as good as \"OUT of the Blue\"

Jennifer Cassullo

love it!
gave this as a gift, and they just love it- and of course- CDbaby is the bomb! always great to buy from!


Just what I needed
Always a pleasure to listen to DB, and this cd is no exception. Feels like it's coming direct from his soul.

Tom Bjornsen

A Wonderful Thing!
What a wonderful thing it is to have Dave back playing and recording! Thanks Dave! Look forward to seeing you soon!!!


I don't know much about that psychothermonuclearphysionomony, but I do know that David Bromberg is one of my all time favorites. Absolutely the BEST showman I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them. Versatile almost belief.

This CD is good, although not his best. Buy it anyway. You'll be glad you did. I promise.
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