One sentence bio:
Phil Gammage is the consummate live performer, lyricist, singer, guitarist, and harmonica player who brings a unique depth and drama to music, playing original blues/americana.
Phil Gammage is an American musician, composer, and recording artist best known for his eight solo album releases and his work as a songwriter, singer, harmonica player, and guitarist. His recordings are used in film and television projects. His new album is Used Man For Sale which features ten of Phil’s song compositions. This follows his critically acclaimed album Adventures in Bluesland which received positive reviews and made numerous ‘Best of 2014’ lists internationally. He currently performs his roots and blues based music as a solo performer, with his small combo The Phil Gammage Quartet, and with his large band Adventures in Bluesland. Phil Gammage is the consummate live performer, who brings a unique depth and drama to his music.
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Phil Gammage’s style of roots and blues influenced music has been compared to everyone from Roy Orbison to Johnny Cash to Tom Waits — or as the Trouser Press once wrote about Phil’s music
“…underwrought darkside Americana echoing Nick Cave’s fascinations minus the melodrama. Which might well make Gammage this generation’s Hank Williams.”
Eight solo albums and numerous songs featured in television shows and commercials have earned Phil a growing following and a steady hum of praise. His new album is Used Man For Sale which features ten original Gammage penned songs. As on all of his recordings, it features Phil singing, playing guitar, and playing the harmonica.
Used Man For Sale is a follow-up to 2014’s Adventures in Bluesland (World Wide Vibe Records), an album of outstanding Gammage penned songs and his renditions of several traditional classics. It received rave reviews and made numerous ‘Best of the year’ lists internationally.
Robert Ross, from Popdose wrote about Adventures in Bluesland “…a great/pleasant surprise. Adventures In Bluesland is not so much an adventure but a pleasurable listening trip.”
And Iman Lababedi at Rock NYC and Recorded wrote “This is pure artistry and alive pop art: it covers the bases. And it is New York, watching the traffic flow in a true blues greatness.”
Originally from Houston, Texas, Gammage released two acclaimed solo albums Night Train and Kneel to the Rising Sun in the 1990’s on France’s influential New Rose Records (Alex Chilton, Gun Club, Alejandro Escovedo, The Replacements, Calvin Russell). In the years before the music genre term, “Americana” was even being used, these albums explored the blues, country, and folk music genres. By paying tribute to these styles through his own songwriting, Gammage gave the music a fresh and unique sound. Subsequent albums appeared on American and European labels into the 2000’s including the critically acclaimed Cry of the City on Alive Natural/Marilyn Records (The Black Keys, Left Lane Cruiser).
Phil returned to recording in 2014 with his stellar Adventures in Bluesland album. Later that same year, a collaboration with poet/activist/American folk hero John Sinclair resulted in the album Keeping the Blues Alive with tracks recorded live at a memorable Brooklyn show. 2015 saw Phil record and release with his large band Adventures in Bluesland (same name as his solo album) the essential The American Dream which features nine songs written by Phil. The album was released to much critical acclaim in addition to receiving international radio airplay.
Currently, he performs solo, with his small combo The Phil Gammage Quartet, and with his five-piece powerhouse band Adventures in Bluesland.
In addition to his songwriting and performing roots music, Phil is an in-demand blues/rock guitarist and harmonica player. He toured Europe with rock band Certain General in the spring of 2016 and has performed several times at the CBGB Music Festival in New York.
Phil Gammage is the consummate live performer, lyricist, singer, guitarist, and harmonica player who brings a unique depth and drama to music.