When local bluegrass band the Brombies gets to work, it always feels more like a family reunion than a professional musical performance. Now in their fourth year of an every-Monday residency at Burbank's Viva Cantina, their fast-moving style, far-ranging repertoire and incandescent, spontaneous soloing underscore the fact that these are some of the most tenured and talented musicians in Southern California.
But band leader George Doering's day job is not quite what one may expect from a humble bluegrass picker.
Earlier, Doering spent the day on set with Clint Eastwood, performing live accompaniment to the singing cast members of “Jersey Boys,” Eastwood's latest feature and first stab in the musical genre. And while the Brombies rarely miss a Monday night, last year the band took a six-week hiatus while Doering was in London's Abbey Road studio throwing down the iconic 007 guitar theme for the “Skyfall” soundtrack.
“I'd never been to London before and it was just a fantastic experience,” Doering said. “But I must say that playing the James Bond riff did feel a little weird.”