Doyle Bramhall

Texas blues fans know Doyle Bramhall, who played drums in bands with both Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan. These days, his voice, raw yet every bit as soulful as Delbert McClinton’s, has him in front of the band. On this year’s Fitchburg Street, his first solo album in almost a decade, he pays tribute to the ’50s street scene in West Dallas, where he got his start. The one Bramhall original on this covers collection, “Life by the Drop,” which he wrote for Stevie Ray Vaughan, rears up like a warm summer breeze from early-’80s Austin. Whether he’s nailing down the O.V. Wright (and Otis Redding) classic “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Buddy Miles’ “Changes” or John Lee Hooker’s “Maudie,” Bramhall keeps the Texas sound fresh, painful and gorgeous.

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