David Bromberg – Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman

  • July 11, 2019
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David Bromberg has his mojo working, and he’s coming back to Berkeley for two nights at the Freight. He’s played with half the Beatles, a good portion of the Grateful Dead, Dylan, Carly Simon, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, and Phoebe Snow. His original songs are clever, funny, and often profound. The depth of his knowledge of traditional folk and blues is staggering. His current quartet includes Mark Cosgrove on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, Butch Amiot on bass and vocals, Nate Grower on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals, and David on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and vocals.

For years David earned a living as a New York studio musician, playing in sessions with a Who’s Who of folk and rock and roll greats. His own albums like Demon in Disguise and How Late’ll Ya Play ’Til grabbed him a major audience, and his live performances won him fans for life. He pulled back from performing in 1980 to make violins, but since then occasionally ventured onstage and into the studio, delighting audiences and releasing several more albums. His latest, Use Me, features guest appearances from John Hiatt, Tim O’Brien, Vince Gill, Los Lobos, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, Linda Ronstadt, and the late Levon Helm.

If you’re anywhere near Berkeley, check out one or both of his shows. They’re likely to sell out, so get your tickets early.

Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman  Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from genres including bluegrass, rock, jazz, classical, Afrobeat, samba and Balkan folk, yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment. “Walker is Gillian Welch on Prozac. The music is shot through with joyful diversity, fresh original songs and an attitude that is unafraid to try something” –Turnstyled Junkpiled