born on 17/2/1949 in Dallas, TX, United States
died on 12/11/2011 in Alpine, TX, United States
Doyle Bramhall (February 17, 1949 November 12, 2011) was an American singer-songwriter and drummer with deep roots in the Austin, Texas music scene.
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.
Bramhall released his debut solo record in 1994, which included appearances from the Vaughans and his own son. He also collaborated with Jennifer Warnes in the 1990s.
He was the father of singer and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II.
On November 13, 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.
- Bird Nest on the Ground (Discovery Records, 1994)
- Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc, 2003) U.S. Billboard Top Blues Albums #6
- Is It News (Yep Roc, 2007) U.S. Top Blues Albums #7
- List of Texas blues musicians
- List of electric blues musicians
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- Life by the Drop Doyle Bramhall returns to Fitchburg Street