Release date: September 13, 2019
Genre: folk blues, singer-songwriter, americana
Contact: gammagephil(at)gmail.com or here.
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“…comes across as an acoustic take on the apocalyptic gutter blues of 80s bands like the Gun Club.”
New York Music Daily
“…the man is incapable of a false note or a forced emotion. All of his solo work is excellent.”
Rock NYC Live
It’s All Real Good is the new album from American roots and blues artist Phil Gammage. For this project, Phil found inspiration in such classic acoustic records as Johnny Cash’s American Recordings and the recordings of legendary blues artists such as John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Each song not only has Phil’s 1970 Gibson Heritage acoustic guitar at the center, but it also features the talents of great musicians like Kenny Margolis, Tony Mann, David Fleming, and Michele Butler. The main showcase of It’s All Real Good however, is Phil’s songwriting — all nine songs were penned by Gammage.
The sessions were produced by Tony Mann (The Star Spangles, Jayne County, The Hypno-Twists). Stand out tracks include “Dancing on Top of the World” — Phil’s tribute to the late great New York City music venue Windows on the World (on the top floor of the World Trade Center), “Hellcat Maggie” about the 19th century American folk legend, and the Roy Orbinson-esque “Let Love Begin”. With guest musicians Kenny Margolis (Willy DeVille, Cracker) on accordion; Tony Mann on percussion; David Fleming (PG4) on harmonica (tracks #1 and 9); and vocalist Michele Butler. Recorded at 30 Below Studio in New York, NY. Engineered by Brent McLachian and Tony Mann. Mastered by Joe DiGiorgi at Headline Studios in Mamaroneck, NY. All songs written by Phil Gammage (Mayan Music BMI).
- It’s All Real Good
- Luck Don’t Pass Us By
- Hellcat Maggie
- Dancing On Top of the World
- Naked in the Rain
- Give Away
- Wandering Stars
- Let Love Begin
- The Second Time Around
Official music video for the song “Wandering Stars” as premiered at Americana Highways.
“This is the way you would hear these songs if you saw me perform in a smaller venue, or if I was in your living room playing an intimate house concert. After the success of my solo European tour last year, I felt the time was right to explore an acoustic approach on these songs without a full band. With this stripped down presentation it’s more about my songwriting and my voice really. Everything is honest and direct. There were no recording studio tricks to hide behind!”
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 2016 album Used Man For Sale featured ten of Phil’s song compositions and received great reviews and radio airplay internationally. This follows his critically acclaimed album Adventures in Bluesland in 2014. He currently performs his roots and blues based music as a solo performer or with his full band The Phil Gammage Quartet. He has performed recently at such events as the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, CBGB Festival, Porch Stomp, and BluesCraft Roots ‘n Blues Festival.