Since the early 1990’s, the Phantom Blues band has been touring the world as the two-time Grammy winning band for Taj Mahal, and appearing as a world-class all-star band on their own. The band members have a long list of credits as touring artists and top-call studio musicians for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and many more.
The Phantom Blues Band is comprised of Tony Braunagel (drums), Mike Finnigan (keyboards & vocals), Larry Fulcher (bass & vocals) Johnny Lee Schell (guitar & vocals), Joe Sublett (saxophones). Les Lovitt (trumpet), plus many all-star guest musicians. The band members boast many individual Blues Music Awards as well as other distinctions.
Band members wrote or co-wrote more than half the songs on “Still Cookin’”. The band credits their combined influences for their songwriting and song selections:
“We all grew up on great songs from the late 50’s on, and extended our library of influences from the Great American Songbook, including the roots of the Blues.”
“Playing like frat boys with advanced chops playing for a frat party, there’s no slowing down this bunch of first call cats with blues and R&B fever. You know this super group has played with all your fave rock and blues acts. You know they couldn’t play a bad note if they tried. You know they wouldn’t send a weak song your way. This wild bunch is the real bunch and they kick a** solo or en masse which makes this set such a delight. Killer stuff throughout.”
– Chris Spector, Midwest Record