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.