Doyle Bramhall II

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Doyle Bramhall II
Born (1968-12-24) 24 December 1968 (age 45)
Dallas, Texas
United States
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Genres Blues, blues-rock, Rock and roll
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, drums
Years active 1984–present
Labels Geffen Records
RCA Records
Associated acts Smokestack, Jimmie Vaughan, Arc Angels, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow, Elton John
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Doyle Bramhall II (born 24 December 1968)[1] was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock & roll sounds that are indigenous to Texas - the state of his birth. His father, Doyle Bramhall, Sr., played drums for blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins and Freddie King and was a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan.

Doyle is known as one of the few guitarists who plays with his instrument strung upside-down. He plays left-handed, but the instrument is strung for a right-handed player. This unusual arrangement of the strings gives his playing a unique sound, because he bends the strings by pulling them downwards, rather than by pushing them upwards. Other guitarists who use this technique of bending include the late Canadian blues guitarist Jeff Healey, who played with his instrument flat on his lap due to blindness.

When Doyle 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. Following the 1999 release of Jellycream, Bramhall's solo debut for RCA, he received phone calls from both Roger Waters and Eric Clapton. Bramhall joined Waters on the In the Flesh tour and Clapton recorded his songs on Riding With The King, a collaboration with B.B. King. Doyle has continued to tour and record with Clapton as a guitarist, songwriter and, more recently, co-producer.

In addition to collaborating 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.

Bramhall recently completed co-production on Eric Clapton's current release Old Sock and toured internationally with Clapton in 2013. Bramhall also played guitar on Elton John's 2013 album The Diving Board. He is also currently working on his much-anticipated 4th solo album.

Doyle II at Antone's in Austin, TX (2009)


with Arc Angels

with Roger Waters



  1. ^ Holly George-Warren, Patricia Romanowski, Patricia Romanowski Bashe, Jon Pareles, ed. (2001). The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. Fireside. p. 872. 

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