Eric Clapton's Secret Weapon, Doyle Bramhall II, Isn't "Playing Any Games"

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.

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David Von Bader