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    Default Doyle Bramhall (1949–2011)

    Doyle Bramhall, a Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborator who helped write some of the most recognizable blues songs of the '80s including The House is Rockin', died Saturday at his home in Alpine. He was 62.

    Bramhall's career spanned more than 40 years, during which he provided the beat and the lyrics for a modern sort of rocking blues. Outside of Texas he was probably best known for his work with Stevie Ray Vaughan, who recorded numerous songs written and co-written by Bramhall. In Texas he was a draw on his own, a band leader with a gritty and soulful blues voice that greatly influenced the way Vaughan sang.

    Bramhall was born on Feb. 17, 1949, in west Dallas. He said his older brother was an early influence on his musical tastes.

    "In the early '60s he had four or five friends who'd come over and listen to these great old blues albums," Bramhall told the Houston Chronicle in 2007. "I'd sit outside his bedroom door and listen to Muddy (Waters) and B.B. (King) and Lightnin' Slim and Lightnin' Hopkins."

    From Jimi to Stevie

    In high school Bramhall started a band, the Chessmen, with Jimmie Vaughan on guitar; they once opened for Jimi Hendrix when he played Dallas.

    By the '70s Bramhall was keeping the beat in Texas Storm, which featured both Vaughan brothers. The period was one of great creative growth for all three players, as they found eager audiences in Austin for their fiery update of the blues. The sound they created would end up making Stevie Ray a star in the '80s.

    "We were both aware of wanting to show our influences, but stretching it out a bit," Bramhall said.

    Personal struggles

    An early song they collaborated on, Dirty Pool, ended up on Stevie Ray's 1983 debut album Texas Flood Stevie Ray would record numerous other songs that Bramhall wrote or co-wrote with him including Wall of Denial, Scratch-N-Sniff and Tightrope

    One of Bramhall's finest compositions, Life by the Drop, documented the different directions their careers took. Its title also referenced the struggles both men had with addiction. He came out of it alive, though, and in 1994 he finally released an album as a band leader.

    Bird Nest on the Ground was worth the wait, an exquisite recording of rocking blues that featured Bramhall's son, Doyle II.

    "He was as good as it gets: drummer, singer but most of all a human being," said longtime friend Bill Bentley, a legendary music industry executive. "After the rough years he came back to spread the light."

    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    RIP ....His torch burns on trru his talented son. Honestly didn't know much about Doyle senior until I saw Doyle II live with Waters over 10 years ago. The guy blew me away. As you can see in the clip below, he's a lefty but plays guitar strung backwards

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    February 10, 1978...The day that changed the Rock N Roll guitar world!!!

 

 

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