King of strings David Bromberg at Colony

Among the many pearls of wisdom to be gleaned from the country blues is the observation that “You don’t miss your water ’til your well runs dry.” Audiences lucky enough to discover David Bromberg back in the ’70s and get spoiled by his constant touring learned the truth of that lyric when, in 1980, the virtuoso multi-instrumentalist hit the burnout point and left the live performing scene, literally for decades. He put out an occasional LP and sat in for sideman spots for musical friends now and then, but dedicated most of his time to learning the art of violinmaking and raising a couple of kids in Chicago.

But in 2002 the stellar picker of all things stringed relocated to Wilmington, Delaware to open a violin shop. He got involved with saving and restoring a historic opera house that became a keystone in the revitalization of the city’s blighted downtown, started sitting in on local jam sessions and was eventually coaxed out of retirement. To the delight of many, Bromberg is back on the road again, performing live and recording. He’ll be making a local stop at Colony in Woodstock this Saturday, December 1 at 8 p.m. General admission is $50 ($45 in advance). Doors open at 7 o’clock. For tickets, visit

David Bromberg, Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., $50 ($45 advance), Colony, 2 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, (845) 657-4047,