Doyle Bramhall II Breaks Down His Spellbinding and Personal New Album, 'Shades'

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Doyle Bramhall II is speeding up the metabolism of his solo career. Fifteen years passed between his third and fourth solo albums, 2001’s Welcome and 2016’s Rich Man. Now, only two years later, Bramhall is back with Shades, an album that embraces a wide range of styles over the course of its 12 tracks, most of it centered around his stinging guitar leads and deep vocals.

“All of the bands I grew up loving — Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sly Stone, Eric Clapton, the Beatles — were so prolific,” Bramhall says. ”They’d tour constantly and somehow find a way to put out an album — or even two — per year. With this new album I wanted to get more into the flow of touring and putting out records consistently.”

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Alan Paul

Alan Paul is the author of three books, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, One Way Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band – which were both New  York Times bestsellers – and Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in Beijing, a memoir about raising a family in Beijing and forming a Chinese blues band that toured the nation. He’s been associated with Guitar World for 30 years, serving as Managing Editor from 1991-96. He plays in two bands: Big in China and Friends of the Brothers, with Guitar World’s Andy Aledort.