On Tuesday, April 23rd, Bob Brozman was found dead in this California home. The cause of his death is unknown at this point. He was only 59 years old.
At the early age of 6, Bob Brozman picked up his first guitar and when he turned 13, he pretty much knew his calling. He was drawn to the haunting sounds of national resophonic guitars, commonly referred to as Dobros. During his early studies his focus was Delta Blues and Hawaiian traditional music; both genres are obviously strongly associated with slide guitar playing.
Unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about Bob Brozman. What I do remember though is a friend of mine and me spending many evenings in front of the TV, watching instructional guitar videos of all kinds on VHS tapes. Among our countless tapes we had a few that were on slide guitar playing and that’s when I first heard about and saw Bob Brozman’s playing. What he taught was way too advanced for us, but we were obviously stunned by his musicianship and skills. These days, nothing has changed too much – well, I guess VHS tapes are now considered a pre-historic artifact and what my friend and I had spent a lot of money on is now available for free on youtube. That’s where I just recently found myself watching a bunch of Mr. Brozman’s performances. And I still found myself acknowledging that his level of bottleneck slide guitar playing is so far above and beyond and therefore completely out of reach for me. A true master of his art and world-wide authority in that genre.
Here is a link to a great article over at World Music Central with more details around Bob Brozman.
Godspeed, Bob Brozman!