When I first started playing guitar, everyone knew who Eddie Van Halen was. Then I heard Randy Rhoads from Ozzy’s Blizzard of Oz. Nobody spoke of Randy and I thought, “Damn, I must really suck because this guy is phenomenal,” and the rest is history.
I have the same love and admiration for Doyle Bramhall II and have since his 2008 release Welcome. So outspoken to daft ears, he’s been sidefill guitar for Eric Clapton and Gary Clark Jr, and written for Sheryl Crow, Elton John and Greg Allman.
I don’t understand how a musician that can make me cry about something that happened a decade ago can’t crossover into the mainstream. His playing and voice are so transcendent. You talk about an underdog. I suggest this weekend you take your loved one out on the town and afterwards make love to Rich Man. You better have more speeds then “stop and go” because you never know what kind of breakfast you might wake up to, playing the record again, and again, and again. I promise!