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Bramhall performing at Threadgill's in Austin, TX
|Born||February 17, 1949|
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, US|
|Died||November 12, 2011 (aged 62)|
Alpine, Texas, US
|Labels||Yep Roc Records|
|Associated acts||Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, WC Clark, Terry Manning|
Bramhall joined The Chessmen with Jimmie Vaughan while in high school. The group opened for Jimi Hendrix when he played Dallas. In 1969, he moved to Austin and formed Texas Storm with Jimmie Vaughan. In the 1970s, Bramhall formed The Nightcrawlers with Marc Benno, which also included Jimmie Vaughan's younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar. While in The Nightcrawlers, Bramhall co-wrote the tune "Dirty Pool," which appeared on Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut album, Texas Flood. He would write or co-write several other songs for the younger Vaughan, such as "Life by the Drop" from SRV's The Sky Is Crying album, and he played the drums on the Vaughan Brothers only album, Family Style.
He is the father of singer and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II.
On November 12, 2011, Bramhall died of heart failure while asleep at his home in Alpine, Texas. He was 62. It was reported that Bramhall had been suffering from pneumonia in the days immediately preceding his death.
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- Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc, 2003) U.S. Billboard Top Blues Albums #6
- Is It News (Yep Roc, 2007) U.S. Top Blues Albums #7
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