Eric Lawson: Saxophone. Hank Blanton: Guitar. Jungle Jim Kaylis: Drums. Jones Smith: Upright Bass. Maaike Brender À Brandis: Trombone.
“Brian Wilson once sang, “I just wasn’t made for these times.” If this has ever crossed your mind while listening to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, you should probably check out Phantom Playboys, a rockabilly troupe out of NC. The band came together a year and a half ago, and it includes vocalist and saxophonist Eric Lawson, guitarist Jake “Hot Rod” Horton, upright bassist Jones “Jonesy” Smith, drummer “Jungle Jim” Kaylis, and Maaike Brender à Brandis, a badass lady trombonist. Kaylis describes their music as “along the lines of Rev. Horton heat with a touch of Squirrel Nut Zippers meets Hank Williams III.” Every member on stage has an incredibly energetic presence, which makes the band’s live show quite the hootenanny. The five-piece troupe is on the road now in support of its recently released Baby Likes Booze LP, which was recorded with Southern Culture on the Skids’ Rick Miller, a long-time friend of Kaylis. If it’s true you are the company you keep, the phant”