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David Philips is every bit the D.I.Y. Musician. Not content writing, recording, producing and mixing his own albums he also uses his skills as a multi-instrumentalist to play all the instruments on his latest offering "December Wine (4 Track Tapes.)"
Philips hails from Nottingham, UK but moved to Barcelona, Spain when he was 24 to pursue a career as a Jazz guitar player. His guitar skills landed him work with legends on the Jazz/Blues/Soul scene including Brian Jackson, George Braith and Charlie Wood as well as fronting his own projects. But it wasn't until 2005 that he noticed his talent for rootsy song writing and soul inflected, bluesy singing. This combined with a long and varied background of world class guitar playing has proved to be a powerful combination.
His debut album "Heal Yourself Alone" was completely self released and just 2 weeks after was chosen Album of the Week by Robert Elms on BBC Radio London. After a small self funded tour of Holland and Belgium in 2011 Philips crossed paths with Black & Tan Records and subsequently signed to release his second album with them. Dubbed "The Rooftop Recordings" the album was recorded in Philip's attic apartment in Barcelona. The record opened more doors around Europe and he spent a good part of 2012 promoting it around Europe including an appearance at the renowned Blue Balls Festival in Switzerland.
Philip's third album "December Wine (4 Track Tapes.)" was recorded entirely on an old 4 Track cassette machine and started out as a set of demos of new songs written during travels and short bursts at his Barcelona home studio during 2012. A slightly more folky and experimental sound emerged yet still strongly based in the blues tradition Philip's has quite obviously paid much attention to.
2013 saw Philips on the road around Europe for most of the year, promoting the new album including shows at The Acoustic Festival of Britain (UK), Maré de Agosto Festival in the Azores Islands and Davos Blues Festival in Switzerland, plus a lengthy 2 month tour of club dates during February/March/April. David is currently working on new songs for his 4th album which will be showcased on tour in early 2014.
December Wine (4 Track Tapes) is now available for digital download, and on CD from Black and Tan Records
David's albums have received worldwide acclaim including:
#34 in the top 100 roots/country albums of 2011, compiled by Roots Music Report in the US.
#25 on the Euro Americana Chart for October 2011
#11 on the July / August 2011 airplay chart of the Collectif des Radio Blues; a society representing all blues radio shows in the French speaking countries.
Praise for David Philips:
"I consider this as one of the best singer-songwriter albums in its genre of the past year." - FOLKWORLD Magazine
"It could just be that British ex-pat David Philips has recorded one of this year's best albums." - Blues In The North West (UK)
"It is a real mystery why David Philips, with his qualities, isn't yet a "global player" in the music business.- Akustik Gitarre Magazine (Germany)
"A Chris Smither from the other side of the pond, Philips keeps it straightforward simple, making The Rooftop Recordings a simple pleasure." - Something Else Reviews (US)
"Those who appreciate fine guitar playing and intelligent songs should investigate and they will find plenty to enjoy." - Blues In Britain Magazine
"(David) has proved that his first LP was not an accident... a simple and precious treat and that's why it's our Album of The Week." - The Good Music Fox (US)
"Today, I'm feeling those Monday blues and this single from UK-born blues/folk artist, David Philips, is hitting the spot musically and lyrically." - Groove Loves Melody (US)
" ***** This varied album is reminiscent of debut records from top artists such as Tracy Chapman, Jack Johnson and Jose Gonzalez." - Soundlike.be (Belgium)
"Real blues treasures and wonders of pure folk... to be ordered as soon as possible!" - Zicazac (France)
"Bald. Goosebumps. Vulnerable. Crying and beautiful." - Bluesmagazine.nl (Holland)
"He is a fabulous songwriter with material that is both memorable and moving." - Przemek Draheim (Poland)
"The Rooftop Recordings is a beautiful and soothing, bluesy listening experience that we recommend to lovers of beautiful voices and guitars." - Rootstime (Belgium)
"Nice, intimate and soothing acoustic blues with enough variety to keep up
the listening activity. David's vocal abilities are in balance with his
excellent guitar skills." - Esa Kuloniemi, Finnish Broadcasting Company (Finland)
"...absolutely amazing and beautiful guitar playing.." - Moors Magazine (Holland)
"...amazing how he sings with passion and dynamics.." - Blues Online (Poland)
"A great songster, a deep bluesman, a sensitive folk singer. MAGNIFIQUE!" - Serge Warin / Radio Canal Blue (France)