Doyle Bramhall, Sr.: “Lost In The Congo”
In the early ’70s, a number of Dallas musicians decided to pack it up and move to the sleepy town of Austin. Jimmy Vaughan and his younger brother Stevie, Paul Ray, and Doyle Bramhall made the trek and remade Austin into a blues paradise.
So it was with great sadness that we heard the news of Bramhall’s passing over the weekend. The drummer has loomed large in Texas music for almost four decades now, acting as a songwriting partner with Stevie Ray Vaughan and an in-demand session man as well. His last album, 2007′s Is It News, found Bramhall blazing new paths with a series of blues-derived songs that are, not surprisingly, more rooted in strange rhythms than long guitar solos.
In supporting that album, Bramhall stopped by KUT’s Studio 1A that same year for a live performance. He ended up talking to host Jay Trachtenberg at length about his love of music and his longtime friendship with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Guitarist CC Adcock piped up in the interview, stating that “if you want to paint a portrait of Big Doyle, you have to make it big.”
Today’s song of the day comes from that session. Here’s “Lost In The Congo,” by Doyle Bramhall, Sr.