David Bromberg – Threadgill’s, TX

“I was ready to say that Texans were pussies,” David Bromberg laughed as he opened his set Friday night referring to the city-wide closures due to a snowstorm that included the University of Texas as well as the Cactus Cafe. Luckily, Threadgill’s World Headquarters was able to save the show for the full crowd of fans.

Peppering his two sets with history lessons and anecdotes, Bromberg meandered through talking blues and folk songs. “Ever since ‘Oh Brother’ you can say ‘folk music’ and hold your head up,” he said. He even meshed “Wooly Bully” into “Bring It With You When You Come” (“they’re the same song, you know.”)

Other stories topics included Glen Campbell’s stint in The Beach Boys, Jerry Jeff Walker’s birthday (“He’s the only guy I know that has a birthday and the whole town celebrates it, I got to learn how to do that”), playing at the Cactus and the 1900 murder of 14-year-old Delia Green in Savannah.

Even if in his words “you might have to mentally supplement some of the chords,” his solo show (one of the many configurations of the David Bromberg musical empire) is remarkably funny and entertaining.

Set List
Hardworking John
Things I Used To Do
When First Unto This Country
Get It Up
Kind Hearted Woman
Long Tall Mama
Midnight Hour Blues
Watch Baby Fall
Blue Is Fallen
A Man Like Me (?)
Demon is Disguise
Any Day Woman
Like To Sleep Late In The Morning
Big Road Blues
Come On Into My Kitchen
Lovin’ of the Game
Summer Wages
I’m A Rambler, I’m A Gambler
Bring It With You When You Come > Wooly Bully
Statesboro Blues
Mr. Bojangles

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Photos by Nichole Wagner

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