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Doyle Bramhall II – Mama Can’t Help You

Doyle Bramhall II – Mama Can’t Help You

Doyle Bramhall II is this week’s Video of the Week! “Mama Can’t Help You” is one of the tracks from Doyle Bramhall’s 2016 album Rich Man. Which also has some delightful soulful grooves with enough funk to make you want to dance like a fool! He’s a musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter.  He has worked with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, and many others.  

Bramhall is notable as one of the few guitarists who plays with his instrument strung upside-down.

Bramhall is notable as one of the few guitarists who plays with his instrument strung upside-down.  He plays left-handed, but the instrument is strung upside-down with the high E on the top. This unusual arrangement of the strings gives his playing a unique sound. Mostly because he bends the strings by pulling them downwards rather than upwards, the customary approach.

Others who have bent strings in this direction include Albert King, Eric Gales, Otis Rush, Barbara Lynn, Coco Montoya, Edgard Scandurra and the late blues guitarist Jeff Healey, who played with his instrument flat on his lap for stability and increased string flexibility.

The album Rich Man, reflects both his extensive experience in the interim with such artists as Eric Clapton. working closely with him for more than ten years and Sheryl Crow, for whom he produces and composes songs for on several projects. 

His long list of collaboration credits includes…

His long list of collaboration credits includes Roger Waters, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, B.B. King, T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gregg Allman, Dr. John and others. “All those experiences helped me develop new skills and learn how to facilitate my own sound” Says Bramhill. “I feel like the stars finally aligned to allow me to be completely myself as an artist.” He also contributes to Reese Wynans and Friends “Sweet Release” Album.

 

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