David Bromberg’s third appearance at the State Theatre will be with his quartet and feature songs from his latest album, “Use Me.” Beyond that, he’s not exactly sure what will be in store for the audience but he hopes they’ll come along for the ride.
Bromberg’s career as a guitarist and songwriter spans almost 50 years and encompasses genres from blues to bluegrass and everything in between. His previous appearances at the State Theater were with his Angel Band and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, respectively. For this go around, he’ll be backed by fiddle player Nate Grower, mandolin player Mark Cosgrove and bassist Butch Amiot.
On “Use Me,” Bromberg teamed up with artists including Levon Helm, John Hiatt and Dr. John, asking each of them to write a song for him then act as producer on the track. In a recent interview, Bromberg recalled that the recording session with longtime friend Helm was especially interesting.
“Levon had just come out throat surgery so he wasn’t able to talk,” Bromberg said. “But we’d known each other for over 30 years so we were able to communicate just fine.”
Helm passed away earlier this year and Bromberg has since taken part in the "Love for Levon" benefit concert earlier this month in East Rutherford, N.J. Though Bromberg’s bio claims he’s “toured everywhere and played with everyone,” the benefit brought him into contact with two artists with whom he hopes to work in the future.
“I’d love to work with John Mayer we were on stage for the last song of the ‘Love for Levon' show but didn’t really have a chance to collaborate,” he said. “I’d also love to do something with Lucinda Williams; she’s a brilliant songwriter.”
When Bromberg is not touring or recording, he spends his time at David Bromberg’s Fine Violins, a retail store and violin repair shop he owns with his wife, Nancy Josephson, in Wilmington, Del.
He’s also active in Wilmington’s jam scene and is always looking for the next opportunity to continue his musical journey. When asked what lies ahead for him, he simply replied with a laugh, “world domination.”