You might be a David Bromberg fan, even if you don’t know it.
Anyone who liked the Beastie Boys way-back-when might remember an album called “Paul’s Boutique,” and a little song about an old rockabilly troubadour living as a bum on the streets of New York City.
“Johnny Ryall” had a hook that wouldn’t die, sampled from Bromberg’s signature song “Sharon,” another musical portrait – this one about a circus tent belly-dancer and her encapsulating effect on an audience.
Bromberg’s shaky voice makes his music unmistakable, but his unshakable guitar work made the “Sharon” hook a gold mine for the Dust Brothers (who produced “Paul’s Boutique”) and has made him a fave among blues fans for decades.
He’s taken his slinky style of blues guitar from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine.
His Jewish roots put him in common with the Beastie Boys, who took his music to the pop charts. He studied with the Rev. Gary Davis in the 1960s. He has even recorded “Shake Sugaree,” by Carrboro’s own Elizabeth Cotten.
This guy plays killer blues guitar, he’s a fine showman and deserves a big welcome.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3
Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro
Correspondent Tom Hartwell