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David Bromberg Band
Only Slightly Mad


“. . . an excellent new album that I urge you to seek out.” – Ken Tucker, Fresh Air, NPR

“. . . a broad mix of blues, bluegrass, folk, and gospel, mostly originals and a few choice covers, with moments of ironic humor, extemporaneous sermonizing, and deeply personal confessions . . . “ – Steve Klinge, Philadelphia Inquirer

“From his early days playing alongside Jerry Jeff Walker . . . through to his own prolific solo career, David Bromberg has demonstrated an agility few other musicians can match. That variety and versatility is evident once again on Only Slightly Mad . . . Bromberg doesn’t just vary his template, he shakes it up completely. Aside the album’s final three selections, all its entries are covers, songs spanning Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Willie Johnson to David Wiffen, Floyd Cramer and Conway Twitty. To his credit, Bromberg manages to take ownership of them all . . . Given the album’s self-effacing title, Bromberg’s ambitions are easily understood. That’s part of the reason why Only Slightly Mad is so crazy good.” – Lee Zimmerman, American Songwriter

“’Nobody's Fault But Mine,' [is] a traditional gospel number that Bromberg’s turned into a mid-tempo blues wailer marked by saintly but somber organ work from Brian Mitchell and Bromberg's voice, which runs as ragged as his guitar." – Rolling Stone

“Every track I heard is a stunner…There’s one of each kind of song, traditional-wise, on Only Slightly Mad, but this is rather like saying the Courtauld Gallery in London has good representative versions of Manet, Modigliani and Van Gogh. That one version is one of the very best…Bromberg is one of the most engaging, indeed mesmerizing, of performers." - Huffington Post

“. . . What he does best is everything at once . . . The songs on the album compete with one another for classic classification and the musicianship is, as always, quietly awe-inspiring.” – Eric Alterman, The Nation

“. . . His rootsy repertoire of folk, country, gospel, bluegrass, blues and Appalachian music has gone mainstream as a new generation of listeners seeks a certain old-fashioned authenticity.” – Robert P. Walzer, Wall Street Journal

“An expressive singer, a witty songwriter, and a gifted interpreter of Americana, the multi-instrumentalist's full range of Americana roots are on display on his latest album, Only Slightly Mad.'" – Utne Reader

“Bromberg had a brittle, wizened, wiseacre blues/folk attitude four decades ago. He still does, which is why his new variety pack (old-timey and new blues, country, Celtic) sounds as sharply honed and funny as he did back then. Bromberg’s testifying triumph ‘I’ll Take You Back’ . . .  reigns supreme. It's in excellent company with ‘Drivin’ Wheel,’ ‘Nobody's Fault But Mine’ and the vow ‘I'll Rise Again.’” – Jonathan Takiff, The Daily News/

“For Only Slightly Mad, Bromberg returned to the formula that made his 1970s albums so great – which is to say there is no formula at all.  From blues, to bluegrass to rhythm and blues, Bromberg does it all, and his new album covers the full range of his musical interests….It’s all old fashioned fun with the humor and musicianship fans came to expect from Bromberg in his prime – a prime that is apparently ongoing.” – Bill Wilcox, Twangville

“This collection of songs features Bromberg’s signature interpretation of the blues, one that has evolved over six decades, one that strikes at the heart of this genre, when melody and lyrics triumphantly exorcise the sort of sadness and regret that can leave you feeling like you’ve been condemned to hang. Speaking to that condition, “Nobody Knows the Way I Feel this Mornin’ ” stands out and is worth the price of admission on its own. But Only Slightly Mad goes further, celebrating the wider genre of Americana, serving up sizzling sounds without overdoing things. Through it all, Bromberg and (producer/sideman Larry ) Campbell together steer a ship that showcases nuance — delicate finger-picking, trembling electric guitar licks and sad, soulful horn arrangements — without ever losing sight of the broad horizon in the distance.” – John Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Bromberg’s excitement for the material on Only Slightly Mad shines through . . .” – Ryan Cormier, News Journal, Wilmington, DE.

“There’s no telling how many records Americana fans may have unknowingly fallen in love with his influence.” - Paste 

“…An album with the breadth, brilliance and humor of his early work, as Bromberg and his incredible collaborators present a set that touches on the genres he’s translated so well over the years, from the Gospel wisdom of ‘I’ll Rise Again’ to the eight-minute Blues vamp of ‘I’ll Take You Back,’ featuring the great line, ‘When Bootsy ain’t funky and King Kong ain’t a monkey, I’ll take you back.’ He’s somebody you can’t afford to miss.” – Brian Baker, Cincinnati CityBeat

"One of our favorite local musical legends…" –WXPN-FM (PA)

“Fans of American vernacular music will really enjoy this one.” – Ricky Flake, Biloxi Sun Herald

“The album features Bromberg’s signature mix of styles and includes blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, Irish fiddle tunes, and English drinking songs. It also features the wit and humor Bromberg is often noted for. This wit is especially noticeable on the blues infused number ‘I’ll Take You Back,’ which sees Bromberg promising a former love ‘when water ain’t wet and congress pays off the national debt, I’ll take you back.” – Erik Ofgang, Hartford Courant