Niagara Gazette — “Levon couldn’t sing or speak at the time because he had just had surgery on his vocal chords. Larry Campbell, who led Levon’s band, produced the session. I wound up having two songs with Levon on the album and I am proud of that.”
After talking about his last album, I couldn’t resist asking Bromberg what it was like to write a song with George Harrison and to play guitar with Jerry Garcia. Bromberg first recalled how he and Harrison came to write “The Holdup.”
“George and I were invited to a Thanksgiving dinner at the home of a mutual friend. The daughter owned a nylon string guitar, not an expensive one, but it was the only guitar there. George and I are both guitar junkies so we handed the guitar back and forth and before we knew it, we had written a song. We hadn’t intended to, but we did.”
He also recalled his first meeting with Jerry Garcia and solved a mystery involving a YouTube video of Bromberg and Garcia.
“We met at Woodstock. There is a video of Jerry Garcia and I on YouTube playing with a woman identified as Joan Baez’s sister Mimi Fariña. It wasn’t her, it was Rosalie Sorrels. We were doing that backstage. When it started, raining Jerry Garcia and I were in a teepee, I don’t know where it came from but during the whole rainstorm Jerry Garcia and I sat in the teepee playing guitar. It was fun. That was when I first got to know him.”
Bromberg also has ties to a younger guitarist, Little Big Town’s Johnny Duke.
“When I met him, he was sixteen years old. His older brother went to school with my daughter and told me I should listen to him. He was good. I approached him and offered to work with him. He learned everything I could do. He is a tremendous guitarist and a tremendous human.”
Johhny Duke plays a solo on one of the tracks on Bromberg’s new album that is scheduled to be released in September.Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night & Day.