Footprints

Footprints

by Phantom Blues Band
     
 

This affable follow-up to Taj Mahal's on-again/off-again band's successful 2006 debut as its own entity is a genial trawl through some soulful, relatively obscure covers with a few similarly styled originals. It's a relaxed, good-time romp kicked up a few notches by the sextet's impressive talents and careers as studio cats for hire…  See more details below

Overview

This affable follow-up to Taj Mahal's on-again/off-again band's successful 2006 debut as its own entity is a genial trawl through some soulful, relatively obscure covers with a few similarly styled originals. It's a relaxed, good-time romp kicked up a few notches by the sextet's impressive talents and careers as studio cats for hire supporting acts as varied as Peter Tosh and B.B. King. The presence of ace roots producer John Porter (who also produced the group's first album) pretty much guarantees that this is no half-baked project, and the results, while not being revelatory, show the Phantom Blues Band to have a solid grasp on Southern-fried, retro soul and R&B. It's a loose, amiable set that connects precisely because it doesn't try too hard, and the players clearly have this music in their blood. Darrell Leonard on trumpet and sax veteran Joe Sublett swing their parts like the Memphis horns and the group's three relatively strong vocalists -- guitarist Johnny Lee Schell, bassist Larry Fulcher, and Mike Finnegan on keyboards -- keep the approach fresh with slightly different styles. They latch onto soul singer Paul Kelly's "Chills and Fever," a relic from the Dial label, transforming it into a gospel rave-up only hinted at in the original. Mike Finnegan digs into his best Ray Charles impression on a version of Brother Ray's "A Fool for You" that perfectly taps into the song's gospel, R&B, and blues roots and even gives Charles' take serious competition. The band's camaraderie, contagious sense of enjoyment, and dedication to playing dated music they obviously love helps elevate the performances, all of which are jaunty, heartfelt, and above all unpretentious.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Delta Groove Prod
UPC:
0850021001193
catalogNumber:
119

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phantom Blues Band   Primary Artist
Denny Freeman   Guitar,wah wah guitar
Mike Finnigan   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Hammond B3
Tony Braunagel   Drums
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Jon Cleary   Piano
Julie Delgado   Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet,Penny Whistle,Trombonium
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Joe Sublett   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Larry Tuttle   Upright Bass
Larry Fulcher   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Kevin Bell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Freddie King   Composer
Hank Thompson   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Mike Finnigan   Composer
Billy Gray   Composer
Tony Braunagel   Composer
Randy Chortkoff   Executive Producer
Larry Conley   Composer
B.B. Cunningham   Composer
Darrell Leonard   Composer,Horn Arrangements
John Porter   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Johnny Lee Schell   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Joe Sublett   Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements
Larry Fulcher   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Earl Randle   Composer
Paul Lawrence Dunbar   Composer
Joshua Temkin   Artwork

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