For the offspring of most famed musicians, stepping out of lengthy shadows cast by their parents' careers is an all-consuming, motivating force. However, for Doyle Bramhall II, son of the late Austin blues legend best-known for his work with the brothers Vaughan, a name was not the only thing passed down through the generations.
Now in his 40s, Bramhall has himself become an integral part of the contemporary blues and roots-music community. As a guitarist, Bramhall first gained success with Arc Angels, a group that featured Double Trouble's Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. He's since performed as a member of Roger Waters' band, produced albums by Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, and, most notably, settled into a comfortable role as Eric Clapton's not-so-secret weapon and right-hand man.
We spoke with the multitalented Bramhall about addiction, Clapton, and how he found himself as a musician.