Bramhall, a blues drummer who wrote many of his own songs, gave the younger Vaughan his start during the Seventies in his band the Nightcrawlers. Later, after getting clean and sober, he helped Stevie Ray do the same. "If you listen to Stevie singing, you can hear a lot of Doyle in there," said friend and fellow musician Mike Buck in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman.
Bramhall recorded three albums under his own name, most recently 2007's Is It News. His son, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, has a solo career of his own and spent several years touring with Eric Clapton.