By Aaron Herman
As you walk into Le Poisson Rouge you can hear the incredible ballads of David Broza. As the set starts you feel like you are transformed into a different time. With G.E. Smith by his side David Broza played various songs from his new album “Night Dawn; The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt”.
With each cord both musicians tapped into the soul of Townes. It is truly an incredible story how these two came together. In 1994, David met Townes briefly at Linda Lowe’s “Writers in the Round” series. As they played together, Townes was impressed with David’s ballads and melodies. Townes wanted to collaborate with David and show him his poems, which was very unusual. Unfortunately, he passed away and the collaboration never took place. In his will he asked his unpublished poetry be given to David. Initially shocked, David agreed with the family to let Townes friends take a first shot at the poems. Fast forward a few years and David gets back in charge with Townes wife. He finds out nothing was done with the poems. Townes wife sends the poems to David and after some time creates “Night Dawn; The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt”.
The performance was epic. Each song had a uniqueness and deep blues as though Townes was on stage with these two superstars. David has a number of talents including master storyteller. He told this great story how him returned to Spain for a tour a few years ago to a town called Broza. He thought that it would be cool to visit a town that has his last name. David mentioned he had a family crest that was similar to the crest of the town. After some excitement the Mayor declared in a bar that the long lost son of Broza has returned. David’s father told him later on that a friend brought over the crest he bought in a flee market. It was a fantastic story nevertheless. David had the crowds attention at each syllable while playing his guitar.
The entire performance was simply amazing which brought the crowd to sing clap and sitdance. Learn more about the album at http://nightdawn.davidbroza.net/