Texas Blues Legend Doyle Bramhall Dies at Age 62

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Texas blues legend Doyle Bramhall died from heart failure in his sleep Saturday night (11/12), at home in Alpine, Texas, at the age of 62. He reportedly had been suffering from pneumonia in recent days.

Bramhall was famous for his work in Austin, Texas, with both Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as his great solo efforts. A top-notch drummer, singer, band leader and songwriter, over his 40-year career Doyle helped to define the Austin blues scene. Many of his songs, such as "Change It" and "Lookin' Out the Window," became staples of Stevie Ray Vaughan's repertoire, and the two eventually formed a songwriting partnership that yielded such classics as "The House Is Rockin'" and "Tightrope," among others.

Bramhall's son, Doyle Bramhall II, continues in his father's tradition as a major musical force, both as a solo artist and as collaborator/guitarist for Eric Clapton from 2004-2009.

To read more about Bramhall's illustrious career in the blues, visit his artist page at Yep Rock Records. Doyle will forever be considered an influential and important figure in Texas blues, and he will be deeply missed by his legions of fans.

Here's Bramhall's "Too Sorry," taken from his 1994 release Bird Nest on the Ground. The tune was written and sung by Bramhall with Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar, Lou Bovis on piano, Tommy Shannon on bass, and Chris Layton on drums.

 

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