Doyle Bramhall über Roger Waters und Eric Clapton!

Der Gitarrist Doyle Bramhall (der zweite, sein Vater war ebenfalls Musiker) war mit Roger Waters auf dessen »Comeback« Tourneen 1999 und 2000, in den USA und Kanada, auf Tour. Der damals einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit unbekannte Bramhall II hat seitdem Soloalben veröffentlicht, mit B.B. King, Sheryl Crow gespielt und mit Eric Clapton auf Tour gewesen. In einem Interview für Freegotham, erwähnt Bramhall II unter anderem wie es zur Zusammenarbeit mit Roger Waters kam.

Es begann mit einem Anruf von Pat Leonard, ein Freund von Guy Pratt, Co-Produzent von »Amused to Death« und Co-Autor von »Yet Another Movie«, der Bramhall fragte ob er bei der geplanten Rogers Waters Tournee singen und Gitarren spielen könnte, würde, möchte?!

What was your reaction when these legendary musicians came calling? Was it like, “Hey Doyle, Eric Clapton is on the phone for you”?

Doyle Bramhall: »I’ll take you back a little before that. I got a call from Patrick Leonard, who produced Roger Waters’ Amused To Death record. Roger was looking for someone who could play guitar and sing vocals with him. They wanted a demo of ‘Comfortably Numb’ and Money.

I hated the idea of making a demo of ‘Money.’ The production on Dark Side Of The Moon is amazing, so that was something I just didn’t want to touch. Roger writes lyrics that are very emotionally connected. I felt that, due to my past, I could personally relate to ‘Comfortably Numb.’ It was like putting words to what I was feeling when I was drugged out and completely helpless in that situation of being a drug addict. So one day, I was hanging around my house listening to The Wall. My stereo has one of those karaoke buttons that take the lead vocals and guitar out of phase. We ended up recreating that in the studio, where my vocals and guitar replaced those of the song. The end result is something so close to what the original was, that either way, we knew we had just recorded one of the best demos ever!«

How did Eric Clapton enter the picture?

Doyle Bramhall: »I as at the final gig of the Roger Waters tour. My manager had sent him a copy of the Jellycream CD. So, I called him and he said he’d love to meet and maybe play a little guitar. Maybe even talk about covering a few songs for his record with B.B King.

I was showing him some of my songs, even though I told him that I played left-handed and upside down. This only helped to make things more confusing on how I was playing the song. So, he ended up asking me to play on the record. They ended up covering two of my songs and then Eric invited me back to help do his solo record. Eric has almost single-handedly gotten my name out there. So, I guess you could say this relationship has been very fruitful all the way around.«

Looking back, with all these feathers in your cap, this has been quite the year. Do you feel like you are past the warm-up stage now?

Doyle Bramhall: »I think this is just the start. That’s why I named the record Welcome, because I felt this is the beginning of the full realization of my solo career. When you work with various artists, especially people like Clapton, King and Waters, certain things rub off on you. When I worked with Roger, I was taking it all in and absorbing his world. You can hear his inspirations in the song ‘Life.’ Then with Eric, his influences brought me to the main reason I did the record the way I did. After watching him play live in a big room, I knew I wanted to do my whole record the same way. I was at the final gig of the Roger Waters tour. My manager had sent him a copy of the Jellycream CD. So, I called him and he said he’d love to meet and maybe play a little guitar. Maybe even talk about covering a few songs for his record with B.B King.

I was showing him some of my songs, even though I told him that I played left-handed and upside down. This only helped to make things more confusing on how I was playing the song. So, he ended up asking me to play on the record. They ended up covering two of my songs and then Eric invited me back to help do his solo record. Eric has almost single-handedly gotten my name out there. So, I guess you could say this relationship has been very fruitful all the way around.«

Looking back, with all these feathers in your cap, this has been quite the year. Do you feel like you are past the warm-up stage now?

Doyle Bramhall: »I think this is just the start. That’s why I named the record Welcome, because I felt this is the beginning of the full realization of my solo career.

When you work with various artists, especially people like Clapton, King and Waters, certain things rub off on you. When I worked with Roger, I was taking it all in and absorbing his world. You can hear his inspirations in the song ‘Life.’ Then with Eric, his influences brought me to the main reason I did the record the way I did. After watching him play live in a big room, I knew I wanted to do my whole record the same way.«

Das komplette Interview findet ihr hier: Freegotham — Interview with Doyle Bramhall.

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3 Antworten

  1. Glasses sagt:

    Tja, was sangt man dazu. »Aktuell«? »Welcome«, das Album, welches hier unter Anderem angesprochen wird, erschien 2001! Wie es scheint, ist das Interview auch aus dieser Zeit…

    Ohne hier den Klugscheisser raushängen zu lassen: es handelt sich um Doyle Bramhall 2. Doyle Bramhall ist sein Vater. Ich habe von beiden Musikern CD’s und würde behaupten, das Doyle Bramhall 2: Welcome durchaus interessant für Pink Floyd Fans sein könnte. Ruhig mal reinhören. Doyle Bramhall, sein Vater dagegen, dürfte weniger interessant sein. Falls Neugierde besteht, was den Vater betrifft, hört mal in »Bird nest on the ground« rein. Hier spielt sein Sohn auch auf einigen Stücken mit.

    Warum ich meine, das D.B: #1 weniger für PF-Fans geeignet ist, liegt daran, das D.B: #2 eigenes Material aufnimmt und D.B. #1 sehr viele Blues-Standards covert…

    Es liegt mir fern, irgend jemand zu bevormunden, mir gefallen beide Bramhalls; aber ich würde mich jetzt auch nicht als »typischen« Pink Floyd Fan bezeichnen, was meine musikalische Auswahl um PF drumherum betrifft…

    Keep on Hitch Hiking — solange ihr nicht am Zabriskie Point oder am Narrow Way auskommt.…

  2. Glasses sagt:

    Danke auch meinerseits: zum Einen, weil ich durch diesen Artikel seit längerem mal wieder die Musik der beiden Bramhalls höre und zum Anderen Danke für diese tolle Webseite!

    Together we stand — devided we fall…

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