Although mostly known for his work with My Morning Jacket, Carl Broemel became an in-demand guitarist during the early 2000s, appearing on albums by everyone from Delta Spirit to Bobby Bare, Jr. He also launched a solo career with All Birds Say, an eclectic alt-country album released in 2010.
Broemel was raised in Indianapolis and later attended Indiana University, where he studied classical guitar and played with an alt-country band named Old Pike. The group opened for Ben Folds Five in 1997 and signed with Epic Records one year later, although they were dropped from the label’s roster after releasing their debut album, Ten Thousand Nights, in 1999. Old Pike broke up shortly afterward.
Broemel moved to Los Angeles and eventually tried out for My Morning Jacket, whose founding guitarist Johnny Quaid had left the band. He officially joined the lineup in 2004, and the band rehearsed for several weeks before hitting the road with their revised lineup, which also included newcomer Bo Koster. Broemel and Koster made their studio debuts with My Morning Jacket one year later, when the group released Z, and Koster also contributed to Broemel’s solo debut, All Birds Say, which appeared in 2010. ~ Andrew Leahey