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If there's one true fact, it would be to say Texas is best known for all things large. Nothing could be more fitting to describe the sheer feeling and grooviness that eminates from Tony Braunagel's drumming.
Being born and raised in Houston more than enough provided the grease and grits in this man's groove thang from the git-go. Starting out at the age of 15 on a drumkit purchased from a friend, Tony was soon cutting his teeth in the then-upcoming R&B scene. Later on, he hooked up with such Blues luminaries as Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Charles Brown, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor and Jimmie Reed.
In 1971, Tony bid the area farewell and followed his musical calling to New York City and eventually to London where a one-year stint as the house band drummer for Island Records kept him busy. In London, he was a founding member of the rock band "Crawler" with Paul Kossoff. Tony also played on many records during his 5 years in the U.K.
1979 brought about a major change in Tony's life when he relocated to Los Angeles. In 1981 Tony joined forces with Eric Burdon, 1982 Rickie Lee Jones, 1983 saw the gig with Bette Midler. Then, in 1984 Tony took the drum chair in Bonnie Raitt's band for her huge breakout album "Nick of Time" and the subsequent "Luck of the Draw."
Moving out of that band in 1991 saw the influx of many sessions on Tony's calendar and in 1997 Tony played on Taj Mahal's "Senor Blues" album, which won a Grammy. Then in 2000 Tony played on and produced the Grammy-winning "Shoutin' in Key- Live".
Tony has played on many film scores, television shows and countless albums both as a musician and composer. Aside from playing drums Tony also plays bass, sings, and is a successful producer. For a detailed list of his accomplishments, view the discography page. Finally, as if that weren't enough, Tony has a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "According to Jim" starring Jim Belushi.
Tony Currently resides in the Los Angeles area and is now a member of the "Robert Cray Band".