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Doyle Bramhall II On World Cafe

Doyle Bramhall II outside of the <em>World Cafe</em> performance studio in Philadelphia.
Tiana Timmerberg
Doyle Bramhall II outside of the World Cafe performance studio in Philadelphia.

Doyle Bramhall II has been playing guitar all his life. At 18, he became the rhythm guitarist in Jimmie Vaughan's band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Bramhall's father, the first Doyle Bramhall, was a drummer. The younger Bramhall was headed in that direction, too, until he picked up the guitar (left-handed, strung upside down) and taught himself in the style of his idol Albert King.

Bramhall was part of the Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and has toured with Roger Waters and Eric Clapton. Those are the facts of his past, but listen to the session above to hear more about what he's up to now. Bramhall's new album, Rich Man, includes music influenced by his trips through North Africa and India.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.