Bob Brozman was found dead at his home in Santa Cruz, CA, USA 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 all around the world into his music, Brozman was one of the world’s most beloved musical figures. His uniquely bold playing style and banter with the audience at his live shows 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 traveller 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...Read More
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