Tony Braunagel provides stellar rootsy beats for rock, blues and country artists.
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.
As the drummer for Bonnie Raitt's huge "Nick of Time" album and subsequent "Luck of the Draw, you can hear his tasty tone and understated playing.
1997 saw Braunagel playing on Taj Mahal's "Senor Blues" album, which won a Grammy; and in 2000, he played on and produced Tajs Grammy-winning "Shoutin' in Key- Live."
Tony Braunagel has played on film scores, television shows and countless albums, both as a musician and composer. Aside from playing drums, Braunagel also sings, plays bass, and is a successful producer.