Doyle Bramhall II is a Dallas, Texas born guitarist, singer/songwriter who just happens to be the son of, wait for it…… Doyle Bramhall, friend of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. While in his late teens, Doyle Bramhall II toured as the second guitarist with Jimmie Vaughan and his band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. I thought my high school job was cool and I only I worked at the local video store.
In1992, he and fellow Texan, Charlie Sexton, co-founded the rock band Arc Angels. Doyle and Charlie completed the lineup with the former rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s backing band, Double Trouble (Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon). Although they have only recorded one album, the band was well received critically and had several radio hits. Their second album is due sometime in 2010
In 1996, he released his self titled debut solo album which featured Wendy and Lisa who formerly worked with the artist formerly known as Prince. Bramhall wanted to establish himself beyond a guitarist and the album did not do well commercially but by critics gave it some praise. His second album Jellycream was released in 1999. It was met with low sales and led to his label, RCA, to stop funds for his new musical project. Bramhall eventually asked to be let out of his contract.
Shortly thereafter, he caught the ear of Eric Clapton and worked on Clapton’s 2001 album Reptile. It was around this time that Bramhall formed his new band Smokestack which, ironically, opened for Clapton on his 2001 tour and by 2004 he was Clapton’s second guitarist. Bramhall also played guitar with Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd greatness, on his In the Flesh tour.
Doyle Bramhall II Discography:
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Top five Doyle Bramhall II Songs:
- Ain’t Goin’ Down Slow (Doyle Bramhall II)
- Marry You (Jellycream)
- Green Light Girl (Welcome)
- So You Want It To Rain (Welcome)
- I’m the One (Jellycream)
What sets the music apart, is the diversity of Bramhall’s talent; songwriting, passionate, soulful vocals, and virtuoso guitar playing. His sound is taut, unyielding and haunting. Clearly influenced by the guitar greats of the past but individualized enough to claim a sound all his own.
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