Doyle Bramhall II

Biography

Doyle Bramhall II (Dallas, December 24, 1968) is an American guitarist, singer and composer. Son of drummer Doyle Bramhall, mainly known as guitarist and singer of the Arc Angels and member of Eric Clapton's Band since 2004.
In 1984, just 16 years old, Doyle Bramhall II went on tour as the second guitarist of Fabulous Thunderbirds, a Texas quartet dragged to success by Kim Wilson's harmonica and Jimmie Vaughan's guitar.

In 1992 he formed with the guitarist and singer Texan Charlie Sexton the Arc Angels, whose training includes the bassist Tommy Shannon and the drummer Chris Layton, both already in the Double Trouble. With the Arc Angels he recorded the first, only and homonymous album, published in 1992 which, thanks to the approval of the critics, seems to open the way to success. But Doyle's problems with the heroine, added to the internal disagreements lead the band to break up in October 1993.

Bramhall then began his solo career that led him between 1996 and 2001 to record three albums, which guarantee him success even outside the United States. The first solo album, the eponymous Doyle Bramhall II, was released in 1996. Very appreciated by critics, it does not get the same success with sales. The second album is Jellycream and is published no more with Geffen Records but with RCA. The album, however, follows the unfortunate footsteps of the first, who had found the favors of criticism but had had little commercial success. So the RCA decides to cancel the next Bramhall project.

But Flohr, continuing to believe in the compositional talent of the Texan guitarist, passes a copy of Jellycream to Eric Clapton, who remains fascinated enough to include in his new album Riding With The King the covers of two tracks: I Wanna Be and Marry You. At the same time Doyle receives requests from both Clapton and Roger Waters to whom he initially decides to join for a summer tour, but after the brief and decisive experience with the former Pink Floyd bass player from 1999 to 2002, he joins Eric Clapton undertakes a close and lasting collaboration live and in studio, first as a composer and then producer.

In 2001 he gave life to his new album, also published with the RCA, entitled Welcome with the newly formed Smokestack band with which he opened Clapton's concerts on the 2001 tour.

In 2009 he organized with the Arc Angels a reunion (This time absent bassist and co-founder Tommy Shannon replaced by Mark Newmark) during which he is released Living In A Dream, live CD-DVD that includes some new songs and a documentary about the band.

In 2010 he is the producer along with Justin Stanley of the album 100 Miles From Memphis of the singer Sheryl Crow, with which he remains engaged in the American and European tour.
Bramhall is left-handed, so he plays the guitar with the handle facing right, but the peculiarity lies in the fact that he uses the order of the strings as a right, with the result that the strings are turned upside down (the bass down and the treble up). This is a technique used by many left-handed guitarists like Albert King, Lefty Dizz, Otis Rush, Coco Montoya and Elizabeth Cotten. The guitar style is clearly influenced by Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, Lightnin 'Hopkins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson. His way of playing blues is very rooted in the spirit of Texas blues, characterized by long and repeated notes.

Latest Release

Artist: DOYLE BRAMHALL II
Title: SHADES

Genre: Blues Rock
Release date: 2018-10-05
Label: Mascot Records
Format: Disponibile in CD e 2LP