USE ME TAPS DR. JOHN, LEVON HELM, LINDA RONSTADT, JOHN HIATT, KEB' MO,' WIDESPREAD PANIC, LOS LOBOS AND OTHERS TO HELPDavid Bromberg
returned to recording after a 17-year hiatus with his solo, acoustic, traditional folk-blues album Try Me One More Time
(Appleseed, 2007). For his follow-up album, Use Me
, Bromberg chose a different approach: Why not ask some of his favorite singer-songwriters and musicians to write (or choose), produce, and perform on songs tailored to his versatile but distinctive skills as a guitarist and vocalist?
Answering David's call were well-known artists like John Hiatt
, Dr. John
, Widespread Panic
, , Vince Gill
, Tim O'Brien
, Keb' Mo'
, and Phil and Joe Nicolo.
The results include the blues shuffle Tongue," the album's lone Bromberg original, with Levon Helm on drums; You Don't Wanna Make Me Mad," featuring David on slide guitar and Dr. John on piano; the ominous slow blues Diggin' in the Deep Blue Sea," updated by Keb' Mo' and Gary Nicholson from Larry Davis' Texas Flood" to address the dangers of offshore drilling, and the chipper Vince GillGuy Clark co-write Lookout Mountain Girl," the only song on which Bromberg cedes most of the lead guitar duties to Vince (although he splits the lead with Widespread Panic's Jimmy Herring on Old Neighborhood").
The resultant album is due for July 12, 2011 release on Appleseed Records. A national tour will ensue.