Drummer and songwriter
played with the cream of the Austin
By Fred Mills
rocker Doyle Bramhall Sr. passed away this weekend (Sept. 12) at his home in
Alpine, TX, apparently following a recent bout with pneumonia, although the
official cause of death has not been announced yet. The legendary drummer and
songwriter was 62 and is survived by his wife, daughter, and son (Doyle
Bramhall II, notable for his work with the Arc Angels and Eric Clapton).
Bramhall’s most recent album was 2007’s Grammy-nominated Is It News. Over the years the Austin mainstay had played with virtually every Texas roots musician
there was, among them the big names of the Antone’s scene: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie
Vaughan, Lou Ann Barton, Angela Strehli, Marc Benno and Tommy Shanon. With
Benno and Stevie Ray Vaughan he also formed The Nightcrawlers. Later, Vaughan would record
several of Bramhall’s compositions for his own solo releases. Bramhall
continued to work up until the time of his death.