Song Premiere: Doyle Bramhall II’s “Love and Pain”


The lead track on Doyle Bramhall II’s forthcoming album, Shades (out on October 5th), is a psychedelic stomper that was born out of inspiration, collaboration, and tragedy. The track, “Love and Pain,” was co-written with Akie Bermiss, a soulful singer/songwriter who can be heard in the genre-busting group Lake Street Dive. Bramhall contacted Bermiss and set up a writing session in Brooklyn. The focus of the sessions was simple: Create a vibe and make some art.

With Bermiss on keyboards, Bramhall hopped on the drums and soon the bones of the arrangement were set. After a few guitar and bass overdubs, Bramhall returned to his home in Los Angeles to flesh out the vocal melodies and lyric ideas. “When I came up with the melodies for it, I was phonetically saying lines here and there,” says Bramhall. During the writing of this song, the tragic shooting happened at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. “It seems like [shootings] have become so commonplace and a lot of things were happening at the same time,” mentions Bramhall. “It just weighed heavy on everyone collectively. What do you do?” …..

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Release: Shades
Provogue/Mascot Label Group
5th October 2018

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