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. They both continued on with the band for Evil Urges, released in 2008.
Broemel's solo debut for ATO, All Birds Say, appeared in 2010 and featured Koster as a collaborator. Broemel released another pair of LPs as part of My Morning Jacket (2011's Circuital and 2015's The Waterfall) and contributed to several other artists' albums, including works by John Fogerty, Neko Case, and Beck, before releasing his solo follow-up, 4th of July, in 2016. ~ Andrew Leahey