Michael Phillips - songwriter, singer, guitar instrumentalist, performer; translator (university degree) & "language man".
Born in Vienna, Austria in '59 - "That's when I dropped from the sky - again! * definitely American-hearted, -minded and -spirited * bilingual * first guitar at age 8 * first own songs at 15 * quits his only formal guitar lessons after two years * 1976: meets Woodstock legend Tim Hardin in New York City * in the fall of 1976 first paid gigs * 1978: various rookie ("newcomer") contests (winner Int. Bregenz Folk Festival, Austria) * 1980: first album release * works as a soloist * appears on the same bill as, e.g., Les Brown, Gerry Lockran, Sally Oldfield, Ralph "Streets of London" McTell & Austro-Canadian folk pop star Jack Grunsky (joint tour '81) * 1988: starts performing in a band format (CD LIFE AT FIRST SIGHT, 1997) * since 1998, he's mostly been on tour solo as a "song & guitar man" again (vocals, 12-& 6-string acoustic guitar, dobro, electric guitar, harmonica) * Michael hasn't looked back writing new songs & guitar instrumentals * works as a performer wherever his music is cherished * November 2009, release of CD NEVER SLOW DOWN. More productions to follow!
Never Slow Down
Audiosamples (click to start & stop):
Acoustic folkblues at its best: Great, mature, ear-catching songs with a message as well as fine guitar work! Though born in Vienna, the "American-hearted" songwriter, singer and 12-string acoustic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist is making a very vivid personal statement here!
01. Busy Survivin‘ 02. Too Many Questions 03- Addicted 04. Without You 05. What‘S The Matter With Me 06. Before There‘S Nothing Left To Say 07. Meet You On The Moon 08. Letter From San Francisco 09. You‘Re A Soul-Eater 10. Hold You In My Arms 11. Higher Grade Of Love 12. Sent On An Errand