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Doyle Bramhall II battles quiet crowd

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Venue: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Blues guitarist plays incendiary set as audience fails to respond

When this writer revealed he was planning to see Doyle Bramhall II, someone actually asked, “So... what was the first movie like?” Which goes to show the blues rocker is far from a household name.

The Texan has worked with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Sheryl Crow, enough of a pedigree to ensure the place is packed. Presumably, having Rich Robinson playing alongside him also helps to swell the interest, attracting Black Crowes devotees. Oh, and his girlfriend is Hollywood A lister Renée Zellweger. But there's no atmosphere at all. Even brilliant interludes, such as an astonishing performance of Hendrix's Gypsy Boy, are greeted by no more than polite applause.

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