Use Me

This former Bob Dylan sideman would like you to know he has other talented pals. Here he asks a bunch of them (Levon Helm, Dr. John, John Hiatt, Los Lobos) to pen songs or pick covers, then join him in the studio. As on David Bromberg's 2007 comeback, Try Me One More Time, his baritone sing-speak, class-clown humor and multi-instrumentalism (fiddle, guitar, dobro, mandolin) recall the best for his ripe-for-reissue Seventies LPs. If the most memorable songs here are the titular Bill Withers classic and his own "Tongue" ("You best get your tongue out of my mouth/Because I'm kissing you goodbye!"), Bromberg still makes every track shine, like the A-list session man he's always been.

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From The Archives Issue 1136: August 4, 2011