JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

December 29, 2017
Granada Theater
Dallas, TX USA
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Photos by Michael Insuaste

Doyle Bramhall, II

Texas Blues Boy Brings It Back Home

When I think of the name Doyle Bramhall II, I automatically rank him as one of the great Texas Guitar Heroes of my generation. To me, he is right up there with the likes of; Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons and even the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan! Doyle stands right there with all of the Texas Great Guitar Slingers!

Performing once again at the famous Granada Theater on lower Greenville Ave, Mr. Bramhall walked out on stage to a very anticipated crowd of fans, who were like kids on Christmas Eve, waiting for that the special gift placed under the tree. As the stage lights fade and the band walks on one by one, you can feel the excitement in the room as Doyle makes his presence known from the first note off his Fender guitar!

Kickin’ off with “My People” was a smooth, yet stout show opener, setting the mood under the cool blue stage lights, Bramhall and company slowly grooved into the that number nicely. A familiar face behind the drum kit, ex-Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings drummer, Homer Steinweiss, kept the beat as they transitioned into “The Veil” followed by “Keep You Dreamin’” from his forth studio album, 2016 release, Rich Man LP.

I believe the show was being streamed LIVE on You Tube for those lucky enough to see it at home, but being at the show and hearing it live has no comparison. There were a half dozen videographers onstage, all around the audience capturing the show live as it happened. One of the first highlights of the show was a cover tune by Johnny ‘Guitar' Watson, “I Get A Feeling” a classic blues number with a nice fat sound! He also played a George Harrison song, “Let It Down” followed up with yet another classic cover, this one by the late great Isaac Hayes, “Hung Up On My Baby” that got a high audience response.

Doyle delivered a handful of his original works like “Rich Man” title track, “New Faith” and even “The Samanas” all from his Rich Man LP on Concord Records. But surprisingly, he finished the show with three more cover tunes… “Choice Of Colors” by The Impressions, “Work To Do” by the great Isley Brothers and “She Said She Said” by The Beatles! That was totally unexpected. A little over 85 minutes, I can easily say Doyle brought the house down with his unique brand of Texas soul.

I highly recommend you catch Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack if they play your city, as he is one of the best Texas exports we have!