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Internationally Beloved World Blues Musician, Bob Brozman, Passes Away at Age 59
Bob Brozman was a friend, an outstanding musician, and an amazing character. One of the sharpest and most critical brains I had the pleasure to have conversations with... He leaves a hole and we will miss him. Farewell Bob - wherever you are off to in your transition to your next existence. Much love - Thomas Ruf
Santa Cruz, California (April 25, 2013) Bob Brozman was found dead at his home in Santa Cruz, CA in the evening of April 23, 2013. Brozman, the steel-guitar innovator who got his start playing on the streets of Santa Cruz, died at age 59.
A legend in the world of blues and roots music, who integrated styles from around the world, Brozman was one of the world’s most beloved musical figures. His uniquely bold playing style and banter with the audience gave him the opportunity not just to entertain with his sharp wit, but also challenge core assumptions about the function of rhythm and sound.
“Bob is beloved to me, and to so many in so many countries,” says long-time friend and pianist, George Winston. “His legacy will live on and will no doubt become the standard-bearer to musical innovators for decades to come.”
Born in New York on March 8, 1954, Brozman was a world traveler who thrived on collaborating with the best musicians he could find from many different musical traditions. Known as the “King of the National Guitar,” his trademark guitar sound came from National steel guitars that he discovered at age 13. He wrote “The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments,” and was the world authority on vintage and modern National Reso-Phonic guitars.
His body of recorded work spanned 30+ years. His most recent release was last year’s Fire in the Mind. Since his first solo album in 1981, Bob's repertoire of recordings has grown by over 30 titles to include 14 solo projects and at least a dozen collaborations with international friends. His ability to use the guitar as a portable translator of culture - coupled with his empathetic nature (through music, culture, and language) and seemingly boundless energy – enabled him to establish genuine musical friendships based on respect and love of music.
Bob is survived by his wife and partner of 15 years, Haley Robertson Brozman, brothers in NYC, and daughter Zoe Brozman, 20, along with a tremendous international community of friends and fans. It is their desire to carry out Bob’s vision in the creation of a foundation, Global Music Aid, to help third-world musicians obtain instruments, strings, tuning gears, and basic recording equipment. To donate please go to globalmusicaid.org.
Nach der Veröffentlichung von Devon Allmans erstem Soloalbum „Turquoise“ bei Ruf Records im Februar gibt es nun auch ein Video seines Songs „Stop Draggin‘ My Heart Around“. Das Duett wurde mit der Blues Award-Gewinnerin Samantha Fish in New Orleans aufgenommen.
Wenn das legendäre New Yorker Quartett am 19. April If The River Was Whiskey durch Ruf Records veröffentlicht, werden die meisten von euch eine Seite der Spin Doctors kennenlernen, die bisher nur die Fans der ersten Stunde kannten.
Die Spin Doctors - damit werden fast immer „nur“ die Ikonen hinter den millionenfach verkauften Hits wie Two Princes, Little Miss Can`t Be Wrong und dem Klassiker-Album Pocket Full Of Kryptonite verbunden.
Nun, im Jahre 2013, erinnern sich Chris Barron ( Gesang), Aaron Comess (Schlagzeug), Eric Schenkman (Gitarre) und Mark White (Bass) an die abgebrannten, die in der New Yorker Bluesszene von ein paar Dollar leben mussten. Jetzt schließt sich der Kreis.