Since he strapped on a guitar at age 14, Doyle Bramhall II recognizes that he's led a charmed life in the music world. His drummer father grew up and performed in bands with Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, and by the time the younger Bramhall's talents began to show, he began playing with the best. He toured with the Fabulous Thuderbirds at 18 and released a handful of solo albums, before transitioning into a role as a producer, sideman and songwriter for much of the 2000s, playing alongside Roger Waters (handling the David Gilmour parts), Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crow, among many others.

In 2016, he returned to his own music with Rich Man, his first solo release in 15 years, and has quickly followed up that album with the four-star Shades, which finds him dueting with Norah Jones, trading leads with Clapton, and enlisting the Tedeschi Trucks Band to pay tribute to the late Gregg Allman. Bramhall spoke with us about his perfectionist streak, how he came to understand that the guitar isn't everything, and how he didn't know many Pink Floyd songs when he was hired by Waters.