Thomas Brenneck

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Thomas Brenneck
Brenneck playing guitar
Brenneck with Charles Bradley in 2011
Background information
Birth nameThomas R. Brenneck
Also known asTommy "TNT" Brenneck
Born1981 (age 41–42)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
  • Musician
  • producer
  • engineer
Years active2001–present
Member of
Formerly of

Thomas "Tommy" Brenneck is an American guitarist, record producer, and engineer, best known as the leader Menahan Street Band and member of The Budos Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and El Michels Affair.[1][2][3] He is the founder of Dunham Records, a subsidiary of seminal retro-soul label Daptone Records,[4] and was the producer of soul singer Charles Bradley. As a producer session musician, he frequently works with Daptone and Big Crown Records artists.[5]


Brenneck was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. He is a self-taught guitarist who joined the original Daptone band The Dap-Kings at the age of 20. Brenneck quickly became one of the essential members of the Daptone family, working closely with the label founder and producer Gabe Roth aka Bosco Mann,[6] and playing and touring with Sharon Jones,[7] the label matriarch. Sharon gave Brenneck his nickname, Tommy "TNT" Brenneck.

Since then, Brenneck founded Dunham Records and Studio,[8] cultivated the music and career of the late Charles Bradley[9] (also his son's godfather), performed and recorded with Amy Winehouse[10] and is a principal in his other Daptone project the Menahan Street Band.[11][12]

Brenneck has been a session guitarist, writer and producer on projects with Lady Gaga,[13] CeeLo Green,[14] Dan Auerbach,[15] Beyoncé & Jay-Z,[16] Josh Tillman AKA Father John Misty,[17] Rufus Wainwright[18] and Miley Cyrus,[19] among others.[20][21] Additionally, he has played guitar for Amy Winehouse[22] and he is one of the musicians featured on "Telepathy" by Christina Aguilera featuring Nile Rodgers.[23]

As an engineer on Yebba's Dawn, he was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.[24]

Dunham Records and recording studios[edit]

Brenneck is the founder of Dunham Records, a subsidiary of Daptone Records.[4] The record label originally operated out of Brenneck's bedroom in Bushwick, Brooklyn and produced iconic hits from artists including Charles Bradley before eventually moving to a larger space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.[25]

Brenneck ran a small recording studio out of his home in Bushwick, Brooklyn before opening Dunham Sound Studios with Homer Steinwiess in Williamsburg in 2008. The all-analog studio operated with Menahan Street Band as the in-house band and recorded artists including Mark Ronson, Rufus Wainwright, Cee-lo Green, Theophilus London and Diane Birch, among others.[26] In 2014, the studio was succeeded by The Diamond Mine, a recording studio in Long Island City founded with Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, and Leon Michels.[27]

In 2017, Brenneck moved to Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He now works out of Los Angeles' The Sound Factory studio with Mark Ronson, whom he got to know well during his time with Winehouse.[28][29]


Studio albums[edit]

Artist Album Label Catalog No. Year of Release Available Formats
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Naturally Daptone Records DAP-004 2005 Vinyl, LP, Album
The Budos Band The Budos Band Daptone Records DAP-005 2005 CD, LP, iTunes
El Michels Affair Sounding Out The City Truth & Soul 2005
The Budos Band The Budos Band II Daptone Records DAP-011 2007 CD, LP, iTunes
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights Daptone Records 2007
Menahan Street Band Make the Road by Walking Dunham Records DAP-015 2008 CD, Album
El Michels Affair Enter The 37th Chamber Fat Beats 2009
The Budos Band The Budos Band III Daptone Records DAP-020 2010 CD, LP, MP3, FLAC
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way Daptone Records 2010
Menahan Street Band The Crossing Dunham Records DAP-029 2012 LP, Album
The Budos Band Burnt Offering Daptone Records DAP-034 2014 CD, LP, MP3, FLAC
El Michels Affair Return To The 37th Chamber Big Crown 2017
The Budos Band Budos Band V Daptone Records DAP-057 2019 CD, LP, MP3, FLAC
El Michels Affair Adult Themes Big Crown 2020
Menahan Street Band The Exciting Sounds of... Dunham Records DAP-063 2021 CD, LP, digital
The Budos Band Long in the Tooth Daptone Records DAP-065 2020 CD, LP, MP3, FLAC


Artist Title Label Catalog No. Year of Release Available Formats
The Budos Band The Budos Band EP Daptone Records DAP-12002 2009 CD, 12"
The Budos Band The Shape of Mayhem to Come (Recorded Live at the Grey Eagle, Halloween 2015) Daptone Records DAP-1205 2016 12", MP3, FLAC


Artist Title Label Catalog No. Year of Release Available Formats
The Budos Band The Budos Band - Up From the South b/w T.I.B.W.F. Daptone Records DAP-1023 2005 7"
The Budos Band The Budos Band - The Proposition b/w Ghost Walk Daptone Records DAP-1027 2006 7"
Menahan Street Band "Make the Road by Walking" / "Karina" Dunham Records DNM-101 2006 7"
The Budos Band The Poets of Rhythm/The Budos Band - More Mess on My Thing b/w Budos Theme Freestyle Records FSR7024 2006 7"
Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" / "Heartaches and Pain" Dunham Records DNM-102 2007 7"
Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band "The Telephone Song" / "Tired Of Fighting" Dunham Records DUN-103 2008 7"
Menahan Street Band "The Wolf" / "Bushwick Lullaby" Dunham Records, Daptone Records DUN-104, DAP-1045 2009 7"
The Budos Band The Budos Band/Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Day Tripper b/w Money Daptone Records DAP-1050 (Record Store Day 2010 release) 2010 7"
The Budos Band The Budos Band - Kakal b/w Hidden Hand Daptone Records DAP-1051-P(promotional copy) *limited press of 800 2010 7"
Menahan Street Band "The Crossing" / "Everyday A Dream" Dunham Records, Daptone Records DUN-106A, DAP-1054 2011 7"
Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band "Heart Of Gold" / "In You (I Found A Love)" Dunham Records, Daptone Records DUN-110A, DAP-1059 2011 7"
Menahan Street Band "Lights Out / Keep Coming Back" Dunham Records, Daptone Records DUN-112A 2012 7"
The Budos Band The Budos Band - Burnt Offering b/w Seizure Daptone Records DAP-1085 *included limited press of 100 color 2014 7"
The Budos Band The Budos Band - Magus Mountain b/w Vertigo Daptone Records DAP-1088 *included limited press of 100 color 2015 7"
The Budos Band The Budos Band - Maelstrom b/w Avalanche Daptone Records DAP-1099 2016 7"

Other appearances[edit]

"Up From the South" of The Budos Band is featured in a commercial for the NFL Network (2013).

"T.I.B.W.F." of The Budos Band is featured in a series of commercials for 1800 Tequila and in the sixth episode of This American Life.

"The Chicago Falcon (Remix)" of The Budos band is featured on Wale's fourth mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing (2008).

"Budos Rising" and "The Proposition" of The Budos Band are featured in MLB 09: The Show and MLB 10: The Show, respectively, for PlayStation consoles.

"King Charles" of The Budos Band is featured in episode 37 of the HBO TV series Entourage ("Manic Monday," Season 3).

"Origin of Man," "Up From The South," "T.I.B.W.F." and "Hidden Hand" of The Budos Band are featured in the movie New York, I Love You (2009).

"Mas o Menos", "Ride or Die" and "Scorpion" of The Budos Band are featured on the fictional radio station "Daptone Radio" in the game Sleeping Dogs by United Front Games and Square Enix London. (2012)

"The Volcano Song" of The Budos Band is featured in the documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009).

"The Sticks" of The Budos Band is featured in the background of a trailer for Destiny's Dark Below DLC. (2014)

"Say Amen (Saturday Night)" by Panic! At The Disco features an interpolation Of Aphasia off of the album Burnt Offering of The Budos Band.

Production discography[edit]


Other tracks[edit]

Other standalone tracks include:


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