"The Best Unsigned San Francisco Hippie-Era Band...you've never heard of..."
Imagine a little, unknown band of teenagers from a small town in Northern California, who collectively went on to contribute to over 600 recordings with some of the greatest artists of the era.
Names like: Michael Jackson, Gregg Allman, Beyonce, Sammy Hagar, Asia, Stevie Wonder, REO Speedwagon, Jay Z, Celine Dion, Steve Winwood, Katy Perry, Pat Travers, Heart, Jack Bruce, Tina Turner, Little Steven van Zandt, Automatic Man, Hughes/Thrall, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani and Eddie Money,
to name just a few.
Makes one wonder if there really was "something in the water" back in those early years.
Take a listen via the Cookin' Mama Album preview box,
right below our new album cover on the left.
It's been just over 50 years since we released our 1972 debut album, "New Day," on our own "Rock Bottom Records" label.
Visit our Store page to download the fully re-mastered album,
or just click on "Buy The Album" below.
Pat, Paul and Tommy @ "The Church" recording studio - 1972
Between 1969 - 1972, “Cookin’ Mama” performed and recorded their original music in the musically thriving San Francisco Bay Area. Led by Pat Thrall, Tommy Thompson, and Paul Hahn, the band played shows at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, The Family Dog, Keystone Korner, & The Matrix, as well as at, The Lion's Share, Mandrakes, The Longbranch, Babylon, The New Monk, The New Orleans House, and other classic Bay Area venues. Sharing the stage with the likes of: Boz Scaggs, Big Brother & the Holding Co., John Lee Hooker, Tower of Power, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, Bill Champlin, Mike Finnegan, and a host of others.
At the time, none of them could have ever imagined in their teen-aged minds that this particular musical chrysalis of young musicians would actually end up being one of the major launching pads for their later accomplishments in the music world.
After the band broke up in ’72, lead guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/bassist/drummer/producer/engineer Pat Thrall went on to perform and/or record with a large number of heavy hitters in the music industry. This partial list includes: Michael Jackson, Steve Winwood, Bono, The Pat Travers Band, Beyonce, Asia, Tina Turner, Little Steven van Zandt, Jack Bruce & Meatloaf. Thrall also received 3 Grammy Nominations, as well as being awarded "Best New Talent" in 1980 by Guitar Player magazine. All of which testify to his musicianship and creativity.
(Read more in detail about Pat , as well as the rest of the band members, via the Read more About Us link below.)