Shawn Phillips

Shawn Phillips

Friday, Sept 4
8:00 pm

(Doors open at 7:00)


State Theatre (map)

320 East Avenue
Zumbrota, MN 55992


$22 in advance
$25 dollars at the door


Critically acclaimed and with a star-studded “played with” list, Shawn Phillips has the goods. Audiences will thrill to his voice and guitar. Aaron Howard will open.

Phillips has sung with the Beatles, recorded with Traffic members Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Jim Capaldi, taught Joni Mitchell 12-string guitar techniques, and was the first to use an Indian sitar in popular music. He’s recorded four albums that made it on Billboard’s Top 100, and four of his singles have reached Billboard’s Top 40.

His most recently released album is “Perspectives,” a 17-song double CD, and he’s working on a new studio album now.

Phillips is the kind of artist who seeks critical acclaim and appreciates his loyal fans –  who quietly push his albums into multigold and platinum status in North America and overseas.

Phillips, who is the son of best-selling spy novelist Philip Atlee, traveled the world with his family, and as an adult settled in a small Italian village after spending time in the ’60s culture of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury and of England. Reviewers have expressed awe at Phillips’ ability to play electric and acoustic six- and 12-string guitars (single- and double-necked), the sitar, and at his three-octave vocal range. His lyrics and melodies – running the gamut from folk to pop, classical to jazz – astound.

Music fans won’t want to miss this opportunity to spend an intimate evening with this ought-to-be-a-legend!

After years of playing covers in bars and avoiding the existential horrors of putting himself “out there” with his own songs, Howard hit the ground running with his new album of original folk rock, “Heart on Fire.” He was a Kerrville New Folk Songwriting finalist (1 of 35 out of 800), a performer with British film composer, Philip Sheppard at Sundance film festival, and shared the stage with legendary producer and songwriter, Patrick Leonard (Jewel, Leonard Cohen, Roger Waters). He won a national songwriting competition and became the official music groundbreaker at HATCHfest. After spending the last six months touring relentlessly, he’s back in the studio, starting the recording process for the next album.

“Howard’s talent for songwriting makes it clear that he’s an old soul. Even a casual listener would assume he’s drawing from the experience and emotion of someone twice his age.”
– Yarrow Kraner, founder of HATCHfest.



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