Tony Braunagel (Independent)

www.tonybraunagel.com

BORN IN HOUSTON TEXAS AND RAISED ON A HEALTHY DIET OF RHYTHM AND BLUES WHERE HE LATER ON HOOKED UP WITH SUCH BLUES LUMINARIES AS LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, JOHN LEE HOOKER, CHARLES BROWN, BBKING, OTIS RUSH, ETTA JAMES, BUDDY GUY, AND JIMMIE REED, TONY LEFT THE AREA IN 1971 AND FOLLOWED HIS MUSICAL CALLING TO NEW YORK AND EVENTUALLY TO LONDON.

IN LONDON HE WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE ROCK BAND “CRAWLER” WITH PAUL KOSSOF, AND PLAYED ON MANY RECORDS DURING HIS 5 YEARS IN THE U.K.

1979 BROUGHT ABOUT A MAJOR CHANGE IN TONY’S LIFE WHEN HE MOVED TO LOS ANGELES.

IN 1981 HE JOINED FORCES WITH ERIC BURDON, 1982 RICKIE LEE JONES, AND 1983 BETTE MIDLER.

IN 1984 HE TOOK THE DRUM CHAIR IN BONNIE RAITT’S BAND ON THE ROAD AND DURING HER HUGE BREAKOUT ALBUM “NICK OF TIME” AND THE SUBSEQUENT “LUCK OF THE DRAW.

IN 1991 HE DECIDED TO STAY OFF THE ROAD AND CONCENTRATE MORE ON STUDIO WORK, BUT THEN IN 1993 HE PLAYED ON A TAJ MAHAL RECORD CALLED “DANCIN’ THE BLUES WHICH WAS NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY AND DEVELOPED A RELATIONSHIP WITH TAJ THAT PUT HIM IN TAJ’S ROAD BAND, CALLED THE PHANTOM BLUES BAND FOR SEVEN YEARS.

AFTER THREE STUDIO RECORDS, ALL NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY WITH ONE WIN OUT OF THE THREE, “SENOR BLUES, TONY PRODUCED A LIVE RECORD ON TAJ MAHAL CALLED “SHOUTIN’ IN KEY” THAT WON A GRAMMY IN 2000. THE BAND WAS THE PHANTOM BLUES BAND, THE CORE OF WHICH PLAYED ON ALL FOUR TAJ RECORDS.

THIS YEAR 2008 TAJ’S NEW RECORD CALLED MAESTRO WAS ALSO NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY AND THE PHANTOM BLUES BAND CO-PRODUCED FOUR TRACKS WITH TAJ FOR THIS RECORD.

TONY HAS PRODUCED TWO CD’S ON ERIC BURDON, “MY SECRET LIFE”, AND “SOUL OF A MAN”. HE ALSO FOUND HIMSELF FILLING THAT LIVE DRUM CHAIR FOR MOST OF ’07 AND 08.

TONY HAS CO-PRODUCED A CD ON CURTIS SALGADO THAT RECEIVED FOUR NOMINATIONS FOR A BLUES MUSIC AWARD IN 09.

HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CAST IN A RECURRING ROLE FOR JIM BELUSHI’S SITCOM, “ACCORDING TO JIM” AND HAS BEEN PLAYING LIVE WITH JIM IN A BAND CALLED THE SACRED HEARTS FOR 13 YEARS AS THE HOUSE BAND FOR THE HOUSE OF BLUES, AND RECENTLY AS EIGHT YEARS AGO PLAYING WITH JIM AND DAN AYKROYD AS THE BLUES BROS. MOSTLY IN THE CORPORATE WORLD, AND OPENING ALL NEW VENUES FOR THE HOUSE OF BLUES.

2009 LOOKS LIKE A GOOD YEAR AS TONY HAS TAKEN THE DRUM CHAIR FOR THE ROBERT CRAY BAND, WITH A NEW CD PROJECTED FOR THIS YEAR AND EXTENSIVE ROAD WORK.