Doyle Bramhall II

Doyle Bramhall II (born 24 December 1968)[2] is an American musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter known for his work with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, and many others. He is the son of the songwriter and drummer Doyle Bramhall.

Doyle Bramhall II
Background information
Born24 December 1968 (age 50)
Dallas, Texas[1]
GenresBlues, rock and roll, soul
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Years active1984–present
LabelsGeffen, RCA, Concord, Mascot
Associated actsEric Clapton, Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow, Meshell Ndegéocello, Elton John, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Erykah Badu, Amos Lee

Early life

Bramhall was born in Texas and lived half of his life in Northern California. His father, Doyle Bramhall, Sr., played drums for the legendary bluesmen Lightnin' Hopkins and Freddie King and was a lifelong collaborator with his childhood friends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan.

Music career

When Bramhall was 18, he toured with Jimmie Vaughan's band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Two years later he co-founded the blues rock band Arc Angels with fellow Austinite Charlie Sexton and members from Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. In 1996, he released his first solo album, Doyle Bramhall II. Following the 1999 release of Jellycream, Bramhall's second album and first for RCA, he received phone calls from both Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.[3] Bramhall joined Waters on his In the Flesh tour, playing guitar and providing background and lead vocals. His performances were recorded on the subsequent live album and DVD, In the Flesh – Live. Bramhall also played guitar on Clapton's Riding With the King, a collaboration with B.B. King. The album included versions of Clapton's and King's songs, and covers of blues songs—including two Bramhall-penned tracks originally from Jellycream.

In 2001, Bramhall released Welcome with his new band, Smokestack. The album's lead single, "Green Light Girl," was somewhat of a hit in the blues world.[4] In 2006, Bramhall and Smokestack released a live DVD entitled Live at the Great Wall of China.[5] Two audio tracks from the DVD were released on iTunes under the title of Doyle Bramhall II (Live at the Great Wall of China).[6]

In the following years, Bramhall collaborated with artists such as T Bone Burnett, Elton John, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Erykah Badu, Questlove and Meshell Ndegeocello. Bramhall has produced several records, including Sheryl Crow's 100 Miles from Memphis in 2011.[7] He also joined her on a tour for this album.[8]

In 2013, Bramhall completed co-production on Eric Clapton's 2013 release Old Sock, and played guitars on his 2014 release The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. He joined Clapton on his 50th anniversary tour as an opening act and backing musician.[9] He appeared at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival and was recorded for the subsequent live album and DVD.[10] Bramhall played lead guitars on Elton John's 2013 album The Diving Board.[11]

In 2015,[12] he joined the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings for the "Wheels of Soul" tour across the United States. He performed both as an opening act and as a rhythm guitarist in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, performing songs ranging from his days with the Arc Angels to unreleased songs.[13] Also in 2015, he joined the Tedeschi Trucks Band and alumni from the 1970 Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour, including Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Torres, Claudia Lennear, Chuck Blackwell, Pamela Polland, Daniel Moore, Matthew Moore, Chris Stainton, and photographer Linda Wolf and in a tribute concert to honor Joe Cocker.[14]

On September 30, 2016, Bramhall released his 4th studio album titled Rich Man. The album consists of 12 originals and a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Hear My Train A Comin'".[15]

In 2018, it was announced that Bramhall had signed to Mascot Label Group, with a new album expected in the fall of that same year.[16] The album, entitled "Shades", is expected to be released on October 5, 2018, following the lead single "Everything You Need", a duet with Eric Clapton. In addition to Clapton, the album will also feature collaborations with Norah Jones, Greyhounds, and Tedeschi Trucks Band.[17]


Bramhall is notable as one of the few guitarists who plays with his instrument strung upside-down.[18] He plays left-handed, but the instrument is strung upside-down with the high E on the top. This unusual arrangement of the strings gives his playing a unique sound, because he bends the strings by pulling them downwards rather than upwards, the customary approach. Others who have bent strings in this direction include Albert King, Eric Gales, Otis Rush, Barbara Lynn, Coco Montoya and the late blues guitarist Jeff Healey, who played with his instrument flat on his lap for stability and increased string flexibility.[19]


1988 - Stu Blank - Under The Big Top
1990 - Marc Benno - Take It Back To Texas
1992 - Arc Angels - Arc Angels
1993 - Toni Price - Swim Away
1994 - Doyle Bramhall - Bird Nest On The Ground
1994 - Marc Benno - Snake Charmer
1996 - Doyle Bramhall II - Doyle Bramhall II
1998 - N'Dea Davenport - N'Dea Davenport
1999 - Doyle Bramhall II - Jellycream
1999 - Richie Kotzen - Break It All Down
1999 - Marty Grebb - Smooth Sailin'
1999 - Meshell Ndegéocello - Bitter
2000 - B.B. King & Eric Clapton - Riding with the King
2000 - Roger Waters - In the Flesh – Live
2000 - Indigenous - Circle
2001 - Eric Clapton - Reptile
2001 - Double Trouble - Been A Long Time
2001 - Doyle Bramhall II - Welcome
2001 - Neil Finn - One Nil
2001 - Jennifer Warnes - The Well
2002 - Sheryl Crow - C'mon C'mon
2002 - Lisa Marie Presley - To Whom It May Concern
2003 - Boyd Tinsley - True Reflections
2003 - Meshell Ndegéocello - Comfort Woman
2003 - Doyle Bramhall - Fitchburg Street
2003 - Jack Casady - Dream Factor
2003 - B.B. King - Reflections
2003 - Chris Botti - A Thousand Kisses Deep
2004 - Eric Clapton - Me and Mr. Johnson
2004 - Eric Clapton - Sessions for Robert J
2004 - C.C. Adcock - Lafayette Marquis
2005 - Eric Clapton - Back Home
2005 - Bettye LaVette - I've Got My Own Hell to Raise
2005 - Susan Tedeschi - Hope and Desire
2005 - Various Artists - Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast
2005 - Nerina Pallot - Fires
2005 - JJ Cale & Eric Clapton - The Road to Escondido
2006 - John Legend - Once Again
2007 - Doyle Bramhall - Is It News
2007 - Miles Davis - Evolution Of The Groove
2007 - Soundtrack - I'm Not There
2007 - Meshell Ndegéocello - The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams
2008 - Michael McDonald - Soul Speak
2008 - Amos Lee - Last Days at the Lodge
2008 - Susan Tedeschi - Back to the River
2008 - Rodney Crowell - Sex and Gasoline
2008 - Baby Animals - Il Grande Silenzio
2009 - Taylor Hicks - The Distance
2009 - The Derek Trucks Band - Already Free
2009 - Arc Angels - Living in a Dream
2010 - Robert Randolph and the Family Band - We Walk This Road
2010 - Eric Clapton - Clapton
2010 - Elton John/Leon Russell - The Union
2010 - Sheryl Crow - 100 Miles from Memphis
2011 - Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues
2011 - fDeluxe - Gaslight
2012 - Soundtrack - The Music Of Nashville: Season 1
2012 - Willie Nelson - Heroes
2013 - Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind
2013 - Paul Allen & The Underthinkers - Everywhere At Once
2013 - Elton John - The Diving Board
2013 - Eric Clapton - Old Sock
2014 - Johnny Hallyday - Le Cœur D'Un Homme
2014 - Eric Clapton - The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale
2014 - Meshell Ndegéocello - Comet, Come to Me
2014 - Jerry Lee Lewis - Rock & Roll Time
2014 - Ruthie Foster - Promise Of A Brand New Day
2015 - James McMurtry - Complicated Game
2015 - Bettye LaVette - Worthy
2015 - David Ryan Harris - Lightyears
2015 - Paul Young - Tomb Of Memories (The CBS Years 1982-1994)
2015 - Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar
2016 - Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By
2016 - Doyle Bramhall II - Rich Man
2016 - Eric Clapton - Live in San Diego
2016 - Eric Clapton - Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals
2017 - Sheryl Crow - Be Myself
2017 - Grainne Duffy - Where I Belong
2018 - Meshell Ndegéocello - Ventriloquism
2018 - Boz Scaggs - Out Of The Blues
2018 - Ann Wilson - Immortal
2018 - Doyle Bramhall II - Shades


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  4. ^ "Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack - Green Light Girl". Discogs. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Doyle Bramhall II Live at the Great Wall of China (2006)". Retrieved July 11, 2014.
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  19. ^ "Jeff Healey's Guitar Gear Rig and Equipment". Retrieved November 4, 2015.

External links

100 Miles from Memphis

100 Miles from Memphis is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. It is her final release for A&M Records. The album was written and produced by Crow, Doyle Bramhall II and Justin Stanley and features the musicians Tommy Sims and Chris Bruce. On this album she puts aside her country and pop-rock past in favor of a vintage R&B and Memphis soul-inspired record. Although proficient on such instruments as bass, piano and guitar, Crow concentrates on singing throughout the album. The album includes the covers: Citizen Cope's "Sideways", Terence Trent D'Arby's 1988 hit, "Sign Your Name", and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". This is the first of Crow's albums not to be nominated for any Grammy Awards (excluding Christmas and greatest hits releases).

Already Free

Already Free is the ninth studio album by The Derek Trucks Band. It was released in the United States on January 13, 2009 by Legacy Recordings. A European release followed on February 20, 2009. The album has received very positive reviews, and debuted at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 reached #1 on the blues chart, #1 on the Internet chart, and #4 on the Rock chart. This marks the band's highest debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart to date. The album won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, marking the band's first Grammy award.

The first single, "Down in the Flood", was released on November 4, 2008. Guest musicians include Doyle Bramhall II, Oteil Burbridge, Susan Tedeschi, and Eric Krasno (of Soulive). The song "Back Where I Started" was co-written by Trucks with fellow Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.

Arc Angels

Arc Angels were a blues rock band formed in Austin, Texas in the early 1990s. The band was composed of guitarist and singers Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton and two former members of Stevie Ray Vaughan's band Double Trouble, drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. The 'Arc' in the band's name came from the Austin Rehearsal Complex where the band first started jamming.

Arc Angels (album)

Arc Angels is the self-titled debut album by Arc Angels, released in 1992.

Before the Music Dies

Before the Music Dies (B4MD) is a 2006 U.S. documentary film that criticizes the American music industry and the increasing commercialization of the art of music over the past thirty years. The film features interviews and performances from such musicians and groups as Doyle Bramhall II, Erykah Badu, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Branford Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and My Morning Jacket. It was directed by Andrew Shapter, produced by Joel Rasmussen, and co-written by Shapter and Rasmussen. The film premiered on March 12, 2006 at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.

Crossroads Guitar Festival

The Crossroads Guitar Festival was a series of music festivals and benefit concerts founded by Eric Clapton. The festivals benefit the Crossroads Centre founded by Eric Clapton, a drug treatment center in Antigua. The concerts showcase a variety of guitarists, selected by Eric Clapton personally. To the 2007 audience, Clapton declared that each performer was one of the very best, and had earned his personal respect.

The first concert was held on June 30, 1999, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and there again in 2013. The 2004 concert was held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, while the 2007 and 2010 festivals were held at Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago.

Doyle Bramhall II (album)

Doyle Bramhall II is the first solo studio album by the artist of the same name. It was released September 9, 1996 to mixed reviews.

Every Little Thing (Eric Clapton song)

"Every Little Thing" is a reggae pop song written by Doyle Bramhall II, Nikka Costa and Justin Stanley. It was recorded by the British rock musician Eric Clapton for his 2013 studio album Old Sock. As single release featuring the non-album track "No Sympathy" and remixes of the title by Damian and Stephen Marley.

Gotta Get Over

"Gotta Get Over" is a pop rock song written by Doyle Bramhall II, Nikka Costa and Justin Stanley. It was recorded by the British rock musician Eric Clapton for his 2013 studio album Old Sock. On February 14, 2013, the song was released as a digital download and CD single for Bushbranch and Surfdog Records. It features backing vocals by Chaka Khan.


Jellycream is the second studio album by the blues/rock guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. It was originally released in the US on September 14, 1999. The album is produced under the label RCA Records."I Wanna Be" and "Marry You" were re-recorded by Eric Clapton for Riding With The King, his first collaborative effort with B.B. King, which won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album and was certified double platinum in the United States.

Joel Rasmussen

Joel Rasmussen (born September 14, 1970) is a Montana born filmmaker, author, and producer. He produced and co-wrote Before the Music Dies, a 2006 documentary, narrated by Forest Whitaker that examines the homogenization of the music industry. Rasmussen and the film's director, Andrew Shapter spent a year traveling across the U.S. interviewing hundreds of people in the music business. The film features interviews and performances from such musicians and groups as Doyle Bramhall II, Erykah Badu, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Branford Marsalis, Elvis Costello, and Bonnie Raitt He is the CEO and Co-founder of Fantrail.

List of contemporary blues musicians

The following is a list of contemporary blues musicians

Live in San Diego (Eric Clapton album)

Live in San Diego (alternatively known as Live in San Diego with special guest JJ Cale) is the thirteenth live album by the British rock musician Eric Clapton. It was released on 30 September 2016 through Reprise Records.Special guests on the Live in San Diego release include guitarists J. J. Cale, Robert Cray, Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks. The live album marks Clapton's second collaboration with Cale after The Road to Escondido was released on 7 November 2006. Also, the album features the first new live music from Clapton and Cray following Clapton's 1991 live double album 24 Nights. The album, which is available on compact disc, as a digital download and on gramophone record was recorded on 15 March 2007 at the Ipayone Center in San Diego during the "Doyle & Derek World Tour" and features a total of 16 tracks.

Rich Man (album)

Rich Man is the fourth solo studio album by guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, his first since 2001 and his first since the breakup of his backing band Smokestack It was released worldwide on September 30, 2016 on Concord Records. Bramhall wrote many of the album's songs as a tribute to his late father who died in 2011.

Summer Day

"Summer Day" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. It was released as the first single from Crow's eighth studio album 100 Miles from Memphis. Written by Crow, Doyle Bramhall II, and Justin Stanley, the song features a breezy, smooth tempo, with a noticeable dose of 1970s, R&B influence. In the music video, Sheryl Crow goes to the park during a sunny day, staging an intimate set with her band.

The Distance (Taylor Hicks album)

The Distance is the second studio album by American blue-eyed soul singer Taylor Hicks, released on March 10, 2009. It is the first release by Hicks under his own independent label, Modern Whomp, after parting ways with Arista Records.

The Distance was produced by Simon Climie and features eleven tracks on the main version, including the single "What's Right Is Right" and "Nineteen", which tells the story of a teenage football star who joins the armed forces after the 9/11 attacks. Several tracks feature Nathan East and Doyle Bramhall II, both longtime members of Eric Clapton's band. "Seven Mile Breakdown" was originally recorded by Alabama indie band Spoonful James. It debuted at number 58 on the Billboard 200 and number five on the Top Independent Albums charts with sales of 9,000 copies in its first week of release.

The Road to Escondido

The Road to Escondido is an album by J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton. It was released on 7 November 2006. Contained on this album are the final recordings of keyboardist Billy Preston. The album is jointly dedicated to Preston and Brian Roylance.

In 2004, Eric Clapton held the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a three-day festival in Dallas, Texas. Among the performers was J. J. Cale, giving Clapton the opportunity to ask Cale to produce an album for him. The two started working together and eventually decided to record an album. A number of high-profile musicians also agreed to work on the album, including Billy Preston, Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal, Pino Palladino, John Mayer, Steve Jordan, and Doyle Bramhall II. In a coup, whether intended or not, the entire John Mayer Trio participated on this album in one capacity or another.

, in San Diego County. Eric Clapton owned a mansion in Escondido in the 1980s and early '90s. Cale and Clapton thought it would be a good name for the album because of their dual acquaintanceship with the city.

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2008.

The Well (Jennifer Warnes album)

The Well is the eighth studio album by Jennifer Warnes. It was released in 2001, Warnes' first album in nine years. It includes her own compositions and covers renowned songwriters Arlo Guthrie, Billy Joel, Allen Toussaint and Tom Waits. Guthrie lends guest vocals to his "Patriot's Dream" while Doyle Bramhall I duets with Warnes on the classic Eddy Arnold song "You Don't Know Me". The album has been reissued over the years, first in 2003 in the Super Audio CD format, and then in 2009 with additional bonus tracks. The album saw its debut European release in 2016, when it was released by BMG records on March 4.

Welcome (Doyle Bramhall II album)

Welcome is the third solo studio album by the blues rock guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, the first to feature his band Smokestack. It was first released in the US in 2001, then re-released in 2008. When it was re-released it was credited solely to Bramhall. The album is produced by Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers under the RCA Records label. An expanded 2CD edition was released on December 15, 2017.

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