Doyle Bramhall II tackles the issue of gun control in the official video for ‘Love & Pain‘, which is taken from his new album ‘Shades’ – released on Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 5th October.
The song was written after the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017. Talking about gun control and the shooting, Doyle says; “There have been more than enough mass shootings and gun related tragedies in this country to warrant discussions with intent to establish real solutions and take action. Gun control is not a political issue. It’s a human issue, and we owe it to all those who have died and lost beloveds unnecessarily to discuss common sense measures that will protect people from these near commonplace tragedies in the future.”
Continuing he adds, “Art and music created in reaction to tragedy has always spawned discussion of difficult topics. The more people on both sides of the gun control divide talk about and honestly address America’s gun issues, the sooner we can come to understand one another and find common ground in effective solutions. I’m Texan. I grew up with guns. My family and friends are gun owners. Gun ownership has always been part of my culture. I do not advocate for banning all guns or abolishing the 2nd amendment, but it is past time to recognize the perpetuated danger of doing nothing. Anti-gun or gun advocate… We can all agree too many have died. Gun owners, who best understand what responsible ownership means, could share insights and lead the charge in helping survivors and our representatives craft legislation to protect America’s innocents from those who should not have easier access to assault weapons than a driver’s permit.
“I am moved to ask the question- what do we value, when our freedom to worship, study, dance, congregate, attend concerts and walk the streets is compromised by the ready availability of weapons of war, used against our citizens with regularity, and we do nothing?”
Bramhall established himself as one of the most distinctive and sought-after guitarists around, performing with a dizzying array of artists that includes Roger Waters, Elton John, Gregg Allman, Allen Toussaint and T-Bone Burnett, to name a few. More significantly, Bramhall had spent over a decade as Eric Clapton‘s musical right-hand man, collaborating closely with the legendary guitarist both in the studio and on stage. He’s also produced albums and written songs for Sheryl Crow and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, among others.
Performing alongside Bramhall on ‘Shades‘ is an ace group of musicians he’s worked with over the years – bassist Chris Bruce, multi-instrumentalist and string arranger Adam Minkoff, and drummers Carla Azar and Abe Rounds – and there are also notable appearances by friends and luminaries: Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, the Tedeshi Trucks band, and Austin buds the Greyhounds. “Without appearing immodest, I can admit that I’ve led a pretty charmed life,” Bramhall says. “I’m thrilled and honored to have all of these incredible people guest on my record.“