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Friday, August 2, 2013
Shawn Phillips

$21 in advance /$24 day of show

doors open at 7pm

Performance next door at the State Theatre in Zumbrota (map)

Shawn Phillips by Tony Calabrese
Photo by Tony Calabrese

Critically acclaimed and with a star-studded “played with” list, Shawn Phillips has the goods. Audiences will thrill to his voice and guitar at the State Theatre, next door to Crossings.

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.

In September, he released “Reflections,” a CD recorded, engineered, mastered and duplicated by Phillips in his home studio, featuring just voice and guitar. His current project is “Perspectives,” a 17-song double CD. He is raising money through his website to complete the album.

“A lot of work goes into a project like this,” Phillips said of “Reflections.”

“I am concerned with excellence in what I do. I also want to maintain a strong relationship with my fans and I feel that by doing something like ‘Reflections,’ I am making more of myself available to my fans in some way. They are the people who have put me where I am today and I will always be grateful for their support.”

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!

Shawn Phillips