[Slowhand] Slowhand Digest, Vol 9, Issue 84

Robert bluez4u2 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 26 10:21:57 EDT 2007

That is probably why Clapton likes Doyle Bramhall II in the lineup. Doyle has a totally different style and approach than Clapton. He is not as fast with his leads and has a fatter tone. I think Doyle has gone out of his way to be different while in the band. I've seen him play many times here in Texas and he is awesome. Many have said that he has shown improvement since he's been with Clapton. That may be the case, but he was already a very accomplished player when he was playing with his old band the Arc Angels in the early 90's.

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Back to "Knopfler" as best EC guitar-sidekick: I like contrast. I like it in relationships (who wants to marry ones self - like matrimonial-masturbation?). I like it in art. I like it in music, and MK's style provides a lovely contrast to Eric's in tone and style. Back in 1988 pickless Mark's fretwork, finger-pickin stood out yet contributed a warm "fill" for any gaps in Eric's lead. When they traded leads, the camaraderie and mutual respect was evident as they also traded warm smiles and toothy grins. Very cool. In the current tour, I enjoyed most the Robert Cray contributions for the same reasons that I appreciated Mark's... I also like Buddy Guy with Eric, but for different reasons. It was so much fun to watch them misbehave at Ronnie Scotts (off the wagon that night, I think).

Anyone else on this topic?

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