2013 - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award
Phil Jones, drummer and percussionist, has had an impressive career having performed live and in studio with artists such as Crabby Appleton, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Joe Walsh, Waddy Wachtel, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, JD Souther, Terry Reid, Randy Newman, Cracker, and many others.
Phil moved to Los Angeles from Iowa in 1969 to play rock and roll. His first band was Oskar, and was fronted by Lee Oskar who later formed War with Eric Burdon. His second LA band, Crabby Appleton, had a nationwide hit in 1970 with the single "Go Back ", and recorded two critically acclaimed albums for Elektra in 1970 and 1971.
In 1979, Phil, was hired by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as a percussionist and toured with them from 1980 through 1984. He is credited on 16 of the 48 tracks on the new Tom Petty Live Anthology collection. During those years he also recorded with TP and the HB's in the studio, appearing on Hard Promises, Long After Dark, Live, and Wildflowers. Phil also played nearly all the drums and percussion on Tom's most successful studio album, his first solo effort entitled Full Moon Fever. He is the drummer and percussionist on Freefallin', I Won't Back Down, and Runnin' Down A Dream, which are Petty classics and his biggest hits.
Phil has also played with Joe Walsh, Johnny Rivers, Jack Tempchin, Bernard Fowler, and most recently Pegi Young and Jason Sinay, recording projects as drummer, percussionist and producer. Phil can be heard on recordings with The Rolling Stones (Voodoo Lounge), Joe Walsh, Roy Orbison (You Got It), Bob Dylan.
For the last 10 years, Phil has been playing drums with the Waddy Wachtel Band (WWB), which includes Waddy Wachtel, Rick Rosas (Neil Young, Joe Walsh), Brett Tuggle (Fleetwood Mac), and Bernard Fowler & Blondie Chaplin of the Rolling Stones touring band. Other band members have included Keith Allison, Jamie Savko and Stacy Michelle (Kid Rock). The WWB has been playing nearly every Monday for the last 9 years at The Joint in West Los Angeles. Guests on stage with the band have included Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Adam Sandler, Bobby Womack, Donovan, Eric Burdon, Leo Sayer, George Thorogood and many, many more.