The Iron Horse celebrates its 31st anniversary (to the day) with David Bromberg. Born in Philadelphia in 1945 and raised in Tarrytown, NY, he says “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 can awe an audience into pindrop silence with a solo acoustic blues or goose his fans to their feet with a bluegrass reel or an R&B romp. He’s spent his life absorbing traditional music from its surviving creators and their recordings so convincingly – while adding his own instrumental twists – that he has become a part of musical tradition itself, as close to the source of American roots music as anyone alive. Folk, blues, bluegrass, ragtime, you name it – he has become The Real Deal.