Renowned blues guitarist, songwriter, and producer Doyle Bramhall II returns to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. He’s one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music and has been lauded by Eric Clapton as one of the most gifted guitarists he’s ever encountered.
As the son of the late Texas music legend Doyle Bramhall, he was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock ’n’ roll styles indigenous to Texas. The younger Bramhall, a rare and distinctive guitarist who plays left-handed, but with his instrument strung for a right-hander and flipped backwards, had connections with the Vaughan brothers; early in his career he was befriended and supported by Stevie. At 18, he was recruited by Jimmy to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. After Stevie’s tragic death in 1990, Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton formed the Arc Angels with drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon of Stevie Ray’s fabled rhythm section. The Arc Angels’ self-titled debut album yielded such widely popular songs as “Living in a Dream” and “Sent by Angels” before disbanding.
In 1996, Bramhall II introduced himself as a solo artist with “Doyle Bramhall II”, followed with a pair of critically acclaimed albums, “Jellycream” (1999) and “Welcome” (2001). It was then that Bramhall’s unparalleled guitar mastery won the attention not only of Clapton but Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who showcased him on his 1999, 2000, and 2002 “In the Flesh” concert tours and companion CD and DVD. Clapton, meanwhile, came next. He featured Bramhall songs and guitar as part of his GRAMMY-winning “Riding with the Kin album with B.B. King, also of 2000. He then recruited him full-time and they toured together worldwide, thrilling fans with their dramatic guitar interplay and drawing comparisons to past Clapton triumphs such as Derek & the Dominoes. Clapton’s ensuing 2004 albums “Me and Mr. Johnson” and “Sessions for Robert J” both showcased stirring Clapton-Bramhall guitar duets recorded in the same Dallas room where Robert Johnson recorded his classic blues songs in 1937. Bramhall’s own songwriting talent was highlighted in Clapton’s “Reptile” (2001), “Back Home” (2005), and “The Road to Escondido” (2006) albums, and he later co-produced “Clapton” (2010) and “Old Sock” (2013). In 2013, he again joined Clapton on his 50th anniversary tour and played on his 2014 album “The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale”.
Bramhall became an in demand composer, guitarist and producer, enjoying high profile collaborations with a broad range of other major artists, including T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gary Clark, Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Sheryl Crow, whom he produced and composed songs for on “100 Miles from Memphis” (2011), and then joined her to support the record on tour. In 2015, he teamed with ace guitarist Derek Trucks (with whom he was proclaimed “The New Guitar Gods” by Guitar World when both served in Clapton’s band in the late 2000s) in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, also starring Trucks’ wife, Susan Tedeschi. Bramhall’s songs and guitar playing have graced each of the three, critically acclaimed Tedeschi Trucks Band albums Issued to date.
Bramhall’s fourth and most recent solo album, “Rich Man”, (released September 30, 2016 via Concord Records) features appearances from sarangi virtuoso Ustad Surjeet Singh, renowned Israeli composer-player-arranger Yuval Ron, and singer-songwriter Norah Jones, with whom Bramhall had been performing every six months or so in a concert series.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.