Phantom Blues Band is the two time Grammy Award winning group internationally known for their work as TaJ Mahal’s backup band.
Together and separately, these six men have contributed to Blues and Rock and Roll musical history as session players and sidemen with scores of artists including Taj Mahal, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Little Feat, Jimi Hendrix, John Fogerty, Elton John, Leon Russell, Gregg Allman, Ziggy Marley, and The Rolling Stones. Phantom Blues Band explores everything from Texas Blues to Memphis Soul with an injection of Jamaican R&B for good measure.
The Phantom Blues Band was formed as a studio band to backup Taj Mahal on his CD, ‘Dancing’ the Blues’.
Their association with Taj led to headlining clubs, theatres and festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan and being honored with two Grammys and a W.C.Handy Blues Award.
Their Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma musical roots have afforded them well in their decades as Hollywood studio musicians, recording with many notable recording artists including Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Elton John, Leon Russell, Little Feat, and B.B. King.
At heart, The Phantom Blues Band’s sound is a cross-breeding of many different musical styles which includes Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Rock and Roll and Reggae. With ‘Inside Out’, the band’s third CD, all the elements of their collective experience as players, producers and composers come together as they pay homage to their musical heroes and push forward with exciting new music. Their take on several old 1950’s R&B chestnuts is refreshing in it’s originality.
‘Inside Out’ features band members Tony Braunagel, Larry Fulcher, Mike Finnigan, Darrell Leonard, Joe Sublett and Johnny Lee Schell with a little help from world renowned session players Lenny Castro on percussion and Crusader founding member and keyboard player Joe Sample.
This is music that goes down deep inside your heart and soul.