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Bird Nest on the Ground
Genres: Blues, Pop
Doyle Bramhall has long been a legend on the Texas blues circuit and not much more than a rumor outside it. Bramhall is a solid drummer, but his reputation rests on his singing, a throaty combination of Doug Sahm and Bobby... more »
Doyle Bramhall has long been a legend on the Texas blues circuit and not much more than a rumor outside it. Bramhall is a solid drummer, but his reputation rests on his singing, a throaty combination of Doug Sahm and Bobby "Blue" Bland and the next best thing to Delbert McClinton himself. The songs here come from many different sessions with many different musicians, but Bramhall's gravely vocals hold it together whether he's singing in front of the Memphis Horns on Muddy Waters' "Bird Nest on the Ground" or in front of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble on Bramhall's own "Too Sorry." Bramhall's songwriting is best showcased on "Other Side of Love," the kind of R&B ballad Bland himself could have sunk his teeth into, while his instrumental chops are spotlighted on "Take Your Time, Son" (where Jimmie Vaughan and Bramhall's son trade guitar licks over dad's steady groove). --Geoffrey Himes
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Russell Diederich | Littleton, CO United States | 06/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Doyle Bramhall is most notably recognized as the author of many of Stevie Ray Vaughan's songs, but as a blues singer and drummer, he proves he can stand on his own with the release of "Bird Nest On the Ground." Roughly more than half of the album is covers and the rest are from his own pen. Bramhall's voice is a classic blues voice, deep and throaty, and fitting to the tunes he sings. He surrounds himself with excellent musicians and the blues spill forth. The tracks from the album were recorded from the early `80s through the early `90s. For Stevie fans, this album contains the track "Too Sorry" with the axe-master on guitar along with Double Trouble. The cut was recorded in the early `80s before "Texas Flood" album, and makes this release worth having. But even without Stevie, the album is solid. "She's Gone" is a Hound Dog Taylor cover with Bramhall's son of the same name sharing guitar duties with Robin Syler. Traditional blues all the way with buzzing guitars and whisky and cigarette voice. Double-stops abound in the solo. Bramhall's own "Change It" appears here with Robin Syler on guitar. Although the same song Stevie made famous, it has a very different sound under Bramhall's lead. The cover of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" is excellent, and Bramhall's voice is powerful. "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" is another great cover. Some of the best work appears in the instrumental "Take Your Time, Son" with father and son jamming with a little help from long-time friend Jimmie Vaughan. The guitar work is excellent from both axe-men, and each has a unique sound allowing you to tell who is playing. Jimmie appears on the title track as well. Any fan of the Texas Blues will enjoy this album. There probably isn't a better voice from Texas that Bramhall, and he can get low and dirty, and the guitar work is pretty spectacular in places. And, if you're a fan of Stevie and his older brother, it is pretty much a must have."
Russell Diederich | 05/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You wouldn't think that this album is made up of a collection recordings spanning a decade or so, because it has a continuous, tight feel. Bramhalls powerful voice is ideally suited to the material. Standouts include the driving "She's gone", "Other side of Love", and "Too Sorry". It is well known that young Stevie Ray Vaughn plays on the album, but not as well known is that "Beavis and Butthead" and "King of the Hill" creator Mike Judge plays Bass on number of cuts. What else can you ask for?"
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jpthunder | Irving, TX United States | 06/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Doyle has played with the best and even taught the best. This is the man that shaped SRV's vocal style. This is an impressive collection of music with many great artists. The remake of Hound Dog Taylor's "She's Gone" is a great rendition of an already raw blues jam. "Take Your Time Son" is another great tune. I can't get enough of a great blues shuffle like this one. Doyle Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan are having a ton of fun on this track. This cd is more than worth the money. A smart investment for any blues collector."