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Doyle Bramhall II

Doyle Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Indeed, none other than Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has worked for more than a decade, lauds him as one of the most gifted guitarists he has 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 & roll styles indigenous to Texas. Introducing himself as a solo artist in 1996 with Doyle Bramhall II, he 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.  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 2011 he co-produced and contributed songs to Sheryl Crow's album 100 Miles to Memphis. In 2013 he again joined Clapton on his 50th anniversary tour and played on his 2014 album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. In addition to his work with Clapton, Bramhall became an in-demand composer, guitarist and producer. With all this outside activity, Bramhall hadn't made a solo album since Welcome. But while honing his skills as a producer, he stockpiled ideas and songs he'd written for himself. They were selected and sequenced for his fourth solo album Rich Man, which documented an intensive spiritual and musical journey that took him to the other side of the world in search of new sounds and an inner peace following the death of his father in 2011. Rich Man is a watershed achievement for Bramhall, both in terms of the many music styles in the tracks — which begin and ended with his fundamental American blues influences, and in between, follow his global music explorations and arrangements — and the inner examinations resulting in the spiritual growth expressed in the lyrics. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Doyle Bramhall II to the Clive Davis Theater for a conversation on his successful career and latest album, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. The conversation will be followed by an intimate acoustic performance.