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Doyle Bramhall II


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Doyle Bramhall II (born 24 December 1968) is a guitarist and vocalist in his band Smokestack and was also the second guitarist in Eric Clapton’s band from 2004 to 2009. He is the son of singer, songwriter and drummer Doyle Bramhall, who was raised with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan.

At age 16, Doyle Bramhall II toured with Jimmie Vaughan’s band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as second guitarist. In 1992 Doyle formed Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton (also known as Double Trouble). Doyle became Eric Clapton’s second guitarist in 2004 after Andy Fairweather-Low backed out of the tour. He left Clapton’s band in 2009 to reform Arc Angels.

“Doyle Bramhall II was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock and roll sounds that are indigenous to his birthplace - Austin, Texas. His father, Doyle Bramhall Senior, was the drummer for blues legend Lightning Hopkins and a regular collaborator with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
When Doyle was 16 years old, he toured as second guitarist with Jimmy Vaughan’s band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Shortly thereafter he and fellow Texan, Charlie Sexton, co-founded the rock band Arc Angels. Doyle and Charlie enlisted the rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s backing band, Double Trouble, to complete the lineup. The group enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success.


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  • AnnaRKS

    Phenomenal, mindblowing talent!!! why the hell isn't he here in AUS!?!?! we love our blues!!! reminiscent of Hendrix and knows how to sing real rnb!

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Jihat

    He's waaay too underrated.

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • xIsobelx

    Doyle is just amazing; he should be called the official successor of such blues icons as Eric Clapton! this is a true artist!

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • lovespirals

    amazing tone, fantastic touch, great songwriting, sexy singing. this boy has got it all! he should be a household name as a rock god!!! love the way he mixes genres, too. nobody out there quite like doyle.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • santi83

    The Best Guitar Sound !!!

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • MikeSedated

    DBII... The Best One Alive

    18 Nov 2008 Reply
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