Guitarist Doyle Bramhall II is enjoying his time back in the fold of Eric Clapton’s band.
Having served as his right-hand man from 2004 to 2014, Bramhall II made his own records until last year when Clapton asked him to return. Bramhall II will head to the Musical Instrument Museum for an acoustic show on July 31.
Bramhall II is the son of the late Texas music legend Doyle Bramhall. He was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock ’n’ roll styles indigenous to Texas. The elder Bramhall played drums and was also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist, not to mention a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan.
The younger Bramhall, a lefty who plays a right-handed guitar flipped backward, befriended and supported by Stevie. When he was 18, Bramhall played with the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
After Stevie’s death in 1990, Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton formed the Arc Angels with drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon.
The Arc Angels’ self-titled debut album yielded songs like “Living in a Dream” and “Sent by Angels” before disbanding. Bramhall II then went solo in 1996, and followed with a pair of critically acclaimed albums, Jellycream and Welcome. Bramhall II wasn’t only appreciated by Clapton, but Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters as well. He appeared on Waters’ 1999, 2000 and 2002 tours and companion CD and DVD.
Two years after releasing Rich Man, Bramhall II is on an acoustic tour, which ends soon. Afterward, he’ll rejoin Clapton.
“I’ve also been working on my new album, which should be out in the fall,” he says. “I’m really excited about my new album. The songs are some of my best songs to date. I have some interesting, cool guests on the record I have Eric Clapton guesting and Norah Jones.”
Bramhall II and Jones have worked together previously on the song “New Faith” from his album Rich Man.
“I wanted to write a song with her and just do a more proper duet,” he says. “She’s so musical in every way. I went to Brooklyn because I was working in a studio there and she was not too far from there. We cut it live and I’m really happy with it.”
Doyle Bramhall II, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.478.6000, mim.org, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, $33.50-$43.50.