Phil Gammage offers a good time mix of blues, soul, and boogie featuring the original songs of the native Texan (lead vocals, guitar, blues harp) as well as a diverse selection of classic cover songs. Phil can perform solo or in a small combo for intimate events, or with a full band for larger venues.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Memorable good time American roots music sung and played as only international recording artist Phil Gammage can. Appeals to a broad audience regardless of age. His repertoire includes many original tunes, and some of the classics. Phil can work with you to ensure his performance will fit your needs perfectly.
If your event is small and intimate, Phil can perform solo or with a small acoustic group. If it's in a larger or outdoor concert space, Phil's full band would be perfect for your event. Phil works with some of the very best musicians on the contemporary scene and world class players.
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 dark side 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 Used Man For Sale features ten of Phil’s song compositions and has received great reviews and radio airplay internationally. 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 numerous rave reviews and made numerous ‘Best of the year’ lists.
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 a small combo, or with a full band.
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.
Additional Booking Notes
Phil's technical needs for his performance are determined by the size of the venue and the type of audience. Generally, he requires a public address system, vocal monitors, appropriate cables, and at least two microphones with stands (unless he is performing solo).
For his band, a performance stage is preferred with room for at least four musicians total and their equipment such as a drum kit and guitar amplifiers.
Past Booked Events
|September 13, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||BluesCraft showcase, NYC|
|August 25, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Cosmic Blues Party at BBKing NYC|
|August 24, 2017 • 10:00pm - 11:00pm||11th Street Bar, NYC|
|July 30, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:15pm||Honky Tonk Brunch, Hank's in Brooklyn NY|
|July 29, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||John Brown Smokehouse NYC|
|July 20, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Solo Songwriter Night at Green Growler, Croton, NY|
I Gotta Move (original)
Kills Me When (original)
Trying To Get To You (Elvis Presley)
Gulf Coast Rain (original)
Big Legs, Tight Skirt (John Lee Hooker)
I Can Be Your Man (original)
Railroad Bill (traditional)
Our Lucky Day (original)
It Hurts Me Too (Elmore James)
Lost in Loserville (original)
Hanging on to You (original)
Baptism of the Blues (original)
Goodnight Irene (Lead Belly)
Influences & Inspiration
Phil's music has been influenced by many of the great blues and roots music performers of the past.
From Chicago: Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Magic Sam, Paul Butterfield
From Texas: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan
From the south: Hank Williams
PA with two speakers
PA mixing board
Vocal microphone with stand (two needed if full band)
Guitar amp (optional)
Bass guitar amp (optional)
Drum kit (optional)
Vocal monitors (2 preferred)
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