Fans of American rock and roll will almost certainly recognize Carl Broemel
. On most nights, Broemel is staked out stage right, slaying electrifying solos for living legends, My Morning Jacket. But with the band on a post-Waterfall
break at the moment, Broemel's taken the summer to tour behind Ray LaMontagne (along with most of the members of MMJ) as well as ready the release of his second solo album, 4th of July
It's been nearly six years since the release of his first album, All Birds Say
. I guess that's just what happens when you balance playing in one of the greatest bands on the planet with being a family man. But over the last few years, ideas for the record would come here and there; while in sessions with MMJ, on family vacations, during those 5am baby wakeup calls, in the dead of night in his basement studio. He would pick up songs, toy with them, and put them back down for a few months to marinate. It all sounds like a somewhat carefree and casual creative process...which I suppose is the whole point of making music for yourself. It's a process that seems to have rubbed off on the songs that occupy the record. These are pastoral, late summer lullabies...perfect for the dog days of August, so do be sure to give it a spin when it's released later this week
Recently while in town with LaMontagne, Broemel was kind enough to take a side gig kicking off our first ever Bands and Brews Session at Industry City with a mesmerizing set. In this spectacular performance, Broemel swirls guitar, pedal steel, baritone sax, and a few programmables together like hyper-colored spin art, thanks to the magic of looping pedals. It's mesmerizing and poignant, showcasing a few additional musical talents MMJ fans might not be aware of. Later in an interview with one of our writers
, he would joke about being a "jack of all trades, master of none". We're not sure about that last part though. Check out Broemel's performance of the album's title track, "4th of July", as well as the album's lead single, "Sleepy Lagoon". Seems pretty masterful to us.
to our Bands and Brews sessions here at Industry City.
" Hello moon I wanna kiss you Sleepy lagoon I'm gonna swim in you I didn't know I fought you all along Is it true where we are traveling to In the words of my friends I'm lost in the... Not sleepin' I'm just driftin' for all
You're so calm calling our song If they knew I could get to you Arm and arm We're gonna ride this storm Let's get home Before the night is through In the words of this age I saw a little grain a salt In the minds of this sense I'm lost in the... Not sleepin' I'm just driftin' for all.
They're dimmin' the lights On the private flight With plenty of leg room on the outside From above I see it all aglow It's a sleepy lagoon And I've been lost all night In the words of my friends I heard the little ray of lies Were it not for Pete's sake I lost the little piece of mind It's time that I start opening my eyes
Burning in the Indiana sun Driving aimlessly with coke and rum I'm back at home Saving us Happy watchin' from the window Voices callin' from the summer pool I've been alone so long So long it starts to hurt Waiting for the fourth of July Waiting for the fourth of July Waiting for the fourth of July
I know I know This world is so far gone I know I know One, two, three, four counts down When it's all gonna be done
Promise you will never hesitate Every second that ya celebrate Being alone so long So long it starts to hurt
Waiting for the fourth of July Waiting for the fourth of July Waiting for the fourth of July
I know I know This world is so far gone I know I know One, two, three, four counts down I know I know I know I know
I know I know This world is so fucked up I know I know The burden's on everyone
- Thank you.
Carl Broemel is an American rock musician. He currently plays guitar, pedal steel guitar, saxophone and sings back-up vocals for the Louisville, Kentucky band My Morning Jacket. He played guitar in the pop/rock band Old Pike and in the alternative pop/rock band Silvercrush.