Montana-born singer-songwriter Bob Phillips writes and performs in the tradition of American roots music, offering an authentic and musically compelling look at life, the world and ourselves. Diverse musical styles color his tunes, which range from gritty rock anti-war anthems to rebel folk, country-blues and poetic odes to nature.
His recently released 15-song album, “The Window,” showcases Phillips’ lyrical style with strong support from Salt Lake area musicians on pedal steel guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, bass and drums.
With diverse musical influences ranging from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, Phillips’ songs often express a biting look at the modern world. At other times, melodic ballads express a wistful and poetic free-spiritedness, love for landscapes and yearning for discovery that is also at its roots very American. His respect for the roots and traditions of American music – folk, blues, country, rock – come through vividly in his own songs and performances.
By most standards, Phillips got a late start in performing, not playing his first open mic until he was in his late 40s. But over the course of the next decade and a half, he has earned his stripes and gained experience playing in festivals, lounges, honky tonks and coffee shops, offering a mixture of popular covers and his own tunes for travelers from around the world.
He first began playing at open mics at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Butte, Montana, in 2004. Encouraged by friends and fellow musicians to continue his work and to write more songs, he played various Montana gigs before moving to Boulder, Utah, and performing six straight years at the Boulder Heritage Festival in south central Utah, and for three years at the Escalante Canyons/Everett Ruess Days Art Festival in nearby Escalante.
The past several years, he has performed regularly as a house musician at restaurant lounges near Bryce and Zion National Parks. He has made three recordings, including “The Window,” which was released in September 2018.
Phillips’ rich baritone conveys the lyrical spirit and feeling of his music – or of the songs of others – with an authenticity and intensity that involves his listeners. Solo work is not for all musicians, but Phillips uses strong rhythms and an expressive vocal style to handle such work with comfort.
The Boulder, Utah, musician is available for festivals, public venue performances, private parties, house concerts and other work.
Contact: Bob Phillips
References: Contact information available upon request
Raymond King Shurtz Cheryl LeFevre
Organizer, Boulder Heritage Festival Co-owner, Bryce Pioneer Village
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Lisa Varga Dory Ritrovato
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In Jackson, Wyoming Butte, Montana
Currently resides in Boulder, Utah
Mickey Buckins Alyssa Thompson
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