Phil Gammage will play at Green Kill on October 29, 2016 with Andre Wheeler and Michael LaPorte. It’s sure to be a hip show. Show is 8pm to 10pm. Door charge is $10.
Phil Gammage returns with a new 10-song album Used Man for Sale. This collection of all original songs (by Gammage) is his eighth solo album.
Phil again has based his songwriting around blues music, and on this collection of songs he also explores lounge and 1960s-era country music styles.
The recording is honest with no studio gimmickry. Used Man for Sale was produced by Kevin Tooley and recorded in New York at 30 Below Studios and World Wide Vibe Studios. Engineered by Brent McLaghlan and Kevin Tooley.
Phil Gammage’s style of roots and blues influenced music has been compared to everyone from Elvis Presley to Chris Isaak to Roy Orbison to Scott Walker — 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 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.
Phil was asked recently “Why would I want to play blues music? It’s simple, direct, heavy, and soulful.”
“My answer is ‘Why would I want to play anything else?’”
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.