Phantom Blues Band



  The Phantom Blues Band was formed as a studio band to back up Taj Mahal on his 1993 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 served 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 studio players, producers and composers come together, combining their mighty mojo to pay homage to musical heroes and push soulfully forward with exciting new music.  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 hits your heart and soul, from the inside out.   “The players in the Phantom Blues Band have been down every road, played every kind of bust-out joint and recorded every sort of music imaginable.  It is time for them to step out of the shadows.  After people hear INSIDE OUT, they will surely be recognized as the best blues band in the business.” — Bob Porter, Music Choice Blues Channel / WBGO “I finally listened to the disc and man it is great.  One of the best I have heard in the last few years.  I could comfortably play all the tunes on it.” — Bill Wax, Sirius/XM