Doyle Bramhall II

Warehouse Live Presents

Doyle Bramhall II

Larkin Poe

Apr 20 Thu

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Studio at Warehouse Live

$19 ADV, $22 DAY OF

This event is all ages

Doyle Bramhall II
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 with 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 '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, who composed such SRV signature tunes as "Change It" and "Life by the Drop."

But the younger Bramhall—a rare and distinctive guitarist who plays left-handed, but with his instrument strung for a right-hander and flipped backwards--had his own connections with the Vaughan brothers: Early in his career he was befriended and supported by Stevie. When he was 18, Bramhall was recruited by Jimmie to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. After Stevie's tragic death in 1990, Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton formed the Arc Angels with Stevie Ray's fabled Double Trouble rhythm section of drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon.

The Arc Angels' self-titled debut album yielded such widely popular songs as "Living in a Dream" and "Sent by Angels" before disbanding. 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.

Clapton, meanwhile, came next. He featured Bramhall songs and guitar as part of his Grammy-winning Riding with the King album with B.B. King, also of 2000. He then recruited him full-time, and they toured together worldwide, thrilling fans with their dramatic guitar interplay and drawing comparisons to past Clapton triumphs such as Derek & the Dominoes. Clapton's ensuing 2004 albums Me and Mr. Johnson and Sessions for Robert J both showcased stirring Clapton-Bramhall guitar duets recorded in the same Dallas room where Robert Johnson recorded his classic blues songs in 1937. 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 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. He enjoyed high profile collaborations producer, with a broad range of other major artists, including T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gary Clark, Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sheryl Crow, for whom he contributed songs and produced 100 Miles from Memphis (2011) and performed on her tour supporting it. In 2015 he teamed with ace Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks (with whom he was proclaimed "The New Guitar Gods" by Guitar Worldwhen both served in Clapton's band in the late 2000s) in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, also starring Trucks' wife Susan Tedeschi. Bramhall's songs and guitar playing have graced each of the three, critically acclaimed Tedeschi Trucks Band albums issued to date.

With all this outside activity, Bramhall hadn't made a solo album since Welcome. But besides honing his skills as a producer, he had stockpiled for himself songs apart from those written for others, and when they were selected and sequenced for his fourth solo album, Rich Man, (scheduled for release on September 30, 2016 via Concord Records), they 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 sought following the death of his father in 2011.

In the four years following his father's death he had extensively explored India and Northern Africa, these trips being manifest on Rich Man's inclusion of the North Indian classical bowed string instrument sarangi—played by virtuoso Ustad Surjeet Singh—and the bowl-shaped Arabic oud lute, played by Bramhall's own oud teacher Yuval Ron, the renowned Israeli composer-player-arranger.

Also appearing on Rich Man is Norah Jones, with whom Bramhall had been performing with every six months or so in a concert series. The duet "New Faith" was emblematic of the entire album in its hope that people can look beyond all that divides them and find a new way of thinking that enables peaceful progress through mutual respect and understanding.

Rich Man, then, is a watershed achievement for Bramhall, both in terms of the many music styles in the tracks—which begin and end 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.

"I read a quote from Charles Mingus," Bramhall stated upon the completion of Rich Man. "He felt like he was not playing his music as much as creating the sound of his life and experiences through the medium of his music. I looked at his life and related to that, and tried to capture the same thing on the album."
Larkin Poe
Larkin Poe
According to the sisters themselves, 2015 was a defining year of growth for Larkin Poe, an Atlanta-based Roots Rock'n'Roll duo, comprised of Rebecca and Megan Lovell: "We feel lucky to have experienced a year of life-changing moments that shaped and crystallized our artistic direction. We're entering our mid-twenties, we're coming into our own. We've lost love, we've found love. We've lived loud, leaving little pieces of our hearts in every club we've played around the world - and we are really proud to have come out of 2015 with new songs that speak to that change."

This "change" they speak of is their second album "RESKINNED", a re-release follow-up of the critically acclaimed, debut album 'KIN'. Voted as one of the top-ten albums released in 2014 by Huffington Post, Larkin Poe toured the world supporting the November 2014 release of 'KIN'. Rebecca states: "As musicians, singers, songwriters, and performers, we learn something new with every show we play; last year we played hundreds of shows: from big festivals, to tiny radio stations; from backing Elvis Costello, to backing Conor Oberst. We've learned to stay on our toes and keep our artistic approach fresh." This perpetual innovation fueled a writing spurt that the sisters felt compelled to immediately record and share with their fans.

A Brief History of Larkin Poe: "We have a very colorful family history," explains lead singer/guitarist Rebecca, referencing the sisters' familial connection to tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe: "There have been a lot of creative, hotheaded, mentally unstable branches in our family tree. Growing up in the midst of their crazy stories has definitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!" Megan, who contributes lapsteel to the lineup, chimes in: "As sisters, we wanted to pick a band name that had familial significance, so we decided pay tribute to our ancestors by taking on the name of our great-great-great-grandfather, Larkin Poe."

The sisters celebrate that unique genealogy, and their own eccentricities, with their new release 'RESKINNED' on Restoration Hardware's label RH Music. Produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles, this fresh version of the original album 'KIN', includes new productions by Justin Warfield (She Wants Revenge, Nico Vega) and Wax LTD (Muse, Bon Iver, Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5) who produced the new single "Trouble In Mind". A sassy nod to the sisters' southern heritage, "Trouble In Mind" features sassy, homegrown lyrics: "I'm a bad little angel, I fell from grace, a Georgia Peach gone bad, yeah, you know the taste."

"As Georgia girls, we came up listening to and soaking in the source music of the south: the blues, country, Americana and mountain music; classic rock, and southern rock. That deep and gritty heritage has seeped into the bloodstream of our music," explains Megan, "We've reached a point in our lives where we no longer care to be quite so polite, so "nice", so perfectionistic. Now is the time to be raw, unapologetically overdriven Larkin Poe. Deep in our bones, we are rockers. We're ready to let the tiger out of the cage."

The sisters' southern identity was picked up and echoed by Huffington Post in a recent tagline: "These Gals like their Gritty Southern Heritage with a Cosmopolitan Twist."

'RESKINNED' marks Larkin Poe's second release with RH Music. After years of fierce independence (i.e., five self-released EPs and three years of international and domestic touring, without label support), the sisters decided to sign with RH Music. "We signed with RH Music because they wholeheartedly believe in our authenticity. They understand that we make music because we inherently need to make music, and they want to support that need," explains Megan, "They're a 21st century patron of the arts." This new release will also be the first for their new relationship with Vertigo/Capitol/Universal Germany in Europe. Rebecca comments: "We are honored to be working with Vertigo/Capitol/Universal in Europe. In the music industry, where "industry" sometimes takes precedence over "music", the folks at Vertigo are tastemakers who still love music as much as we do."

"Larkin Poe is our heart and soul, mashed up into a musical form. We live and breathe Larkin Poe," says Megan, "Supercharged on that life commitment, we've been able to record music in studios across the country, to play our songs around the world, to perform onstage with our heroes - all of these experiences are deeply valuable to us and have built a strong foundation. Standing strong on that foundation, we are so proud to release 'RESKINNED' and see what 2016 has to bring." These sisters continue to create their own story; written their way; played and sung by them.
Venue Information:
The Studio at Warehouse Live
813 Saint Emanuel Street
Houston, TX, 77003