DOYLE BRAMHALL II
Performance: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Presented by Music by the Bay Live
What is it about Doyle Bramhall II, and why does everybody want to work with him? Since 2000, the uniquely gifted guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer has been practically joined to Eric Clapton’s hip as both an onstage and studio collaborator. In addition to Slowhand, other music greats have sought Bramhall’s distinctive talents: Roger Waters, T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gregg Allman, Allen Toussaint, Sheryl Crow, Billy Preston, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Meshell Ndegeocello – as it’s often said, the list goes on and on.
At 18, he was tapped by Jimmie Vaughan to join the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and two years later, following the tragic death of Stevie Ray Vaughan, he and fellow Austin guitar ace Charlie Sexton teamed with SRV’s Double Trouble rhythm section, drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon, to form the band Arc Angels. The band released a strong self-titled debut album in 1992 but broke up before they could record a follow-up. Bramhall then signed with Geffen Records and embarked on a solo career, issuing a pair of albums – Doyle Bramhall II(1996, Geffen Records) and Jellycream(1999, RCA) – that won the hearts of music critics as well as a couple of music icons, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton, who would soon call upon his services.
Bramhall played guitar and sang both lead and backup vocals during Roger Waters’ 1999-2000 In the Fleshworld tour (his performances are documented on the CD and DVD releases, In the Flesh – Live), and his association with the Pink Floyd singer might have lasted longer had he not received a call from Clapton. "One day I pick up the phone, and I hear this voice – ‘Hey, this is Eric, and I'm a huge fan of what you do,’” Bramhall recalls. “I’d love to get together with you because I'm making a record with B.B King.’” Read more here.
Tickets: $103.45 (All ages)