by Doyle Bramhall IIDoyle Bramhall II


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It took Doyle Bramhall II 15 years to deliver Rich Man, the sequel to 2001's Welcome, but only two to follow that 2016 record with Shades. Appropriately, Shades feels looser than its predecessor and more direct, too. Where Rich Man was dotted with epics, Bramhall keeps things generally concise on Shades, and he also firmly grounds the album in soul. The first sounds on Shades may recall the thick, heavy blues grooves of the Black Keys but by the time Bramhall gets to the chorus of "Love and Pain," he spins the song into classic '60s R&B. He's too restless a musician to stay there -- with the Greyhounds, he kicks up some noise on "Live Forever," the Tedeschi Trucks Band pulls out some deep blues on a cover of Bob Dylan's "Going Going Gone," and he indulges in psychedelia on "Parvanah" -- but he keeps circling back to sounds steeped in Southern soul. It results in a more cohesive album than its predecessor, but it's the lack of fussiness that makes Shades a better record: now that he's just knocking out songs and records, his music feels bracing and immediate.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2018
Label: Provogue
UPC: 0819873017585
catalogNumber: 75722
Rank: 7178

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doyle Bramhall   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Oud,Guitar (Resonator),Lead
Charlie Sexton   Piano
Carla Azar   Percussion,Drums,Triangle
Tchad Blake   Percussion
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Anthony Cole   Drums
Derek Trucks   Guitar
Mark Rivers   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Kofi Burbridge   Organ,Piano
Alecia Chakour   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Tim Lefebvre   Bass
Susan Tedeschi   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums
Conrad Choucroun   Percussion,Shaker
Kebbi Williams   Saxophone
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals
Byron Isaacs   Bass,Vocals
Mike Mattison   Background Vocals
Ed Miles   Drums
Dan Brantigan   Trumpet
Elizabeth Lea   Trombone
Brian Drye   Trombone
Yuval Lion   Drums
Blake Mills   Synthesizer Guitar
Elizabeth Ziman   Piano,Vocals
Christina Courtin   Violin
Ted Pecchio   Bass,Cabasa
Tyler Greenwell   Drums
Abby Ahmad   Choir, Chorus
JJ Johnson   Drums
Adam Minkoff   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Strings,Electric Bass,Bongos,Harmonium,Choir, Chorus,Clavinet,Mellotron,Vibes,farfisa organ,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass,Resonator,Hammond B3
Alissa Smith   Viola
Clara Kennedy   Cello
Todd Caldwell   Organ,Hammond B3
Ephraim Owens   Trumpet
Anthony Farrell   keyboard bass
Nayanna Holley   Choir, Chorus
Guillaume Pirard   Violin
Michael Harris   Piano
Akie Bermiss   Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Althea Grace   Choir, Chorus
Abe Rounds   Percussion,Drums
Sam Theuring   Choir, Chorus
Stacy Werdin   Choir, Chorus
Morgan Gordon   Choir, Chorus
Gabby Sherba   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Andy Taub   Engineer,Additional Production
Derek Trucks   Producer
Jay Collins   Horn Arrangements
Doyle Bramhall   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Norah Jones   Composer
Elizabeth Ziman   Composer
Adam Minkoff   Composer,Horn Arrangements,Additional Production
Tim O'Sullivan   Engineer
Bobby Tis   Engineer
Cian Riordan   Engineer
Andrew Trube   Composer,Producer
Sam Patlove   Engineer
Roy Koch   Layout
Michael Harris   Engineer
Akie Bermiss   Composer
Althea Grace   Composer
Morgan Gordon   Whistle
Hanna Evensen   Art Direction
Gabby Sherba   Composer

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