Randall Bramblett (born 1948) is an American musician and singer-songwriter, whose career as a solo artist, session player, and touring musician, has spanned more than three decades. He has worked with Gregg Allman, Bonnie Raitt, Goose Creek Symphony, Robbie Robertson, Elvin Bishop, Steve Winwood, Bonnie Bramlett, B.J. Thomas, Widespread Panic, Jay E. Livingston and Roger Glover.[1] He plays keyboards, saxophones, flute, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and his songwriting is influenced by blues, folk, and gospel music.

Randall Bramblett
Randall Bramblett on keyboards at The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ, on September 14, 2013.
Randall Bramblett on keyboards at The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ, on September 14, 2013.
Background information
Born1948 (age 75–76)
OriginJesup, Georgia, United States
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • saxophone
Member ofRoger Glover and The Guilty Party
Formerly of

Life and career edit

Born in Jesup, Georgia, United States, Bramblett studied religion and psychology at the University of North Carolina, with the objective of entering the seminary. However, finding inspiration in the music of James Taylor, Carole King, and Bob Dylan, he abandoned his theological studies and pursued songwriting, soon moving to Athens, Georgia.

After establishing himself as a session musician in the early 1970s, recording with artists like Gregg Allman and Elvin Bishop, Bramblett toured with bands such as the Gregg Allman Band, Sea Level, Widespread Panic, and Traffic.[1][2] Bramblett, along with Chuck Leavell, has been credited with giving Sea Level, described as "a jazz-influenced spinoff from the Allman Brothers Band," a new, unique direction.[3] Bramblett has been described as an outstanding lyricist and vocalist. The songs he wrote during his time with Sea Level have been described as "philosophical, despairing soul and funk tunes and rockers."[3]

As of 2017, Bramblett has recorded a total of fourteen albums, with the first two, That Other Mile and Light of the Night, issued by Polydor in the 1975 and 1976, and multiple albums in each succeeding decade. Bramblett's 2001 album, No More Mr. Lucky, features Bramblett playing the Hammond B-3 and saxes. Tracks on that album has been described as rich, funky, hip, and raw.[2]

In 2015, Bramblett released Devil Music. The title track was inspired by the story of Howlin' Wolf trying to reunite with his estranged mother, who had abandoned him for "playing the devil's music."[4]

Discography edit

Randall Bramblett on sax at The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ, on September 14, 2013.
Randall Bramblett performing in Brunswick, Georgia, May 9, 2015

Randall Bramblett/The Randall Bramblett Band edit

Album title Release date Label Format(s)
That Other Mile 1975 Polydor LP
Light of the Night 1976 Polydor LP
Live at the i&i 1982 Catmando Productions LP
Visionary School 1997 Compact cassette
See Through Me 1998 Capricorn CD
No More Mr. Lucky 2001 New West CD, digital download
Thin Places 2004 New West CD, digital download
Rich Someday 2006 New West CD, digital download
Now It's Tomorrow 2008 New West CD, digital download
The Meantime 2010 Blue Ceiling CD, digital download
Randall Bramblett & Geoff Achison

Jammin' In The Attic

2010 Hittin' The Note Records CD, digital download
The Bright Spots 2013 New West CD, digital download
Devil Music 2015 New West CD, vinyl, digital download
Juke Joint at the Edge of the World 2017 New West CD, vinyl, digital download
Pine Needle Fire 2020 New West CD, vinyl, digital download

Guest appearances edit

Artist Album Year Label Performances Other contributions
Tommy Talton Somewhere South of Eden 2017 Tommy Talton Music Tenor Sax
Allman and Woman Two The Hard Way 1977 Capricorn sax
The Allman Brothers Band All Live 1998 PolyGram sax
Gregg Allman Laid Back 1973 Capricorn sax
The Gregg Allman Tour 1974 PolyGram organ, horn, sax horn arrangements
Atlanta Rhythm Section Back Up Against The Wall 1973 Decca Records piano
Elvin Bishop Let It Flow 1974 Capricorn sax
Sure Feels Good: The Best of Elvin Bishop 1992 Polydor sax
Bonnie Bramlett It's Time 1975 Capricorn sax
Lady's Choice 1976 Capricorn sax
Beautiful 2008 Rockin' Camel sax, keys, vocals
Cowboy Boyer and Talton 1973 Capricorn sax, vocals
Cowboy 1977 Capricorn sax, vocals
A Different Time: The Best of Cowboy 1993 Polydor sax
Deep Purple and Friends Purple and Other Colors 2003 Snapper Music vocals
Doubting Thomas Who Died and Made You King? 1998 Oh Very sax
Enlightenment Road Band Songs From the Road to Enlightenment 2001 Five Feathers piano, organ, sax, vocals
Filet of Soul Incommunicado 1998 Shank sax
Rick Fowler Back on My Good Foot 2008 Jammates organ
Roger Glover Snapshot 2002 Red Ink piano, keys, organ, sax, vocals
Gov't Mule Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends 1999 Volcano 3 soprano, tenor sax
The Deep End, vol. 1 2001 ATO organ
John Hammond, Jr. Can't Beat The Kid 1975 Capricorn piano, keys
Hydra Hydra 1974 Capricorn sax
Johnny Jenkins Blessed Blues 1996 Capricorn organ, sax
Handle With Care 2001 Orchard keys
All in Good Time 2005 Mean Old World organ, keys, sax, vocals
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons Conscious Contact 2001 Terminus organ, keys, Wurlitzer, vocals
Jan Krist Curious 1996 Silent Planet piano, keys, sax
Chuck Leavell Southscape 2005 Megaforce recorder, sax
Lingo Through The Scattered Trees 2008 organ, sax
Francine Reed Can't Make It on My Own 1996 Ichiban sax
Robbie Robertson Carny (soundtrack) 1980 Warner Bros sax
B. J. Thomas Longhorns & Londonbridges 1974 Paramount Records piano, keys, vocals several Randall Bramblett compositions on album
Traffic Traffic Live (DVD) 1994 Rhino woodwinds, keys
The Last Great Traffic Jam 2005 Legacy Recordings woodwinds, keys
various artists Woodstock '94 (DVD) 1994 A&M Records woodwinds, keys
Vigilantes of Love Live at the 40 Watt 1998 Paste Hammond synth
Summershine 2001 Compass Records organ, piano, keys, mellotron, Chamberlain
Widespread Panic Live in the Classic City 2002 Sanctuary Records Sax
Jackassolantern 2004 Sanctuary Sax
Live From the Backyard 2003 Sanctuary Alto and Soprano Sax, Guitar
Steve Winwood Refugees of the Heart 1990 Virgin Records Alto and Soprano Sax
Sea Level Cats on the Coast 1977 Capricorn Organ, Alto and Soprano Sax, Vocals, Percussion
Sea Level On the Edge 1978 Capricorn Alto and Soprano Sax, Vocals, Electric Piano
Sea Level Long Walk on a Short Pier 1979 Capricorn Alto and Soprano Sax, Vocals, Keyboards
Sea Level Ball Room 1980 BMG Alto and Soprano Sax, Vocals, Keyboards
Sea Level Best of Sea Level 1990 Island/Mercury Alto and Soprano Sax, Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion

References edit

  1. ^ a b Himes, Geoffrey (May 28, 2004). "Thin P ...:". The Washington Post Washington, D.C. pp. WW. 15.
  2. ^ a b Cristiano, Nick (February 1, 2002). "Deep style and substance". Orlando Sentinel Orlando, FL. p. 12.
  3. ^ a b Palmer, Robert (September 26, 1980). "Sea Level at Bottom Line (Review)". New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast) New York City. pp. C.21.
  4. ^ from an interview on Americana Music Show #267, published October 6, 2015.

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