Phil Lee will be performing at Poplar Playhouse on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Suggested donation $15-20 sliding scale, all $ to the artist. Please RSVP below for a reservation, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address and confirm your reservation by email. Feel free to BYOB/Snacks and we will have some snacks and beer/wine/soda.
Phil Lee writes and sings intelligent songs full of wit, humor and grace that blend sizzling Dylan-esque rock and roll, country and western, mid-sixties British Invasion and medicine show sounds. He is a real entertainer, not just another singer-songwriter.
Phil ’s 4th CD, The Fall and Further Decline of the Mighty King of Love, landed on eight “Best of 2013″ lists. Nashville Scene newspaper said, “If Music City had a Mount Rushmore – with John Prine, Lucinda Williams and Guy Clark – save the fourth head for Phil Lee. Could this man be the best songwriter in Nashville?”
Phil Lee has a bag of great tunes about love and death, misplaced faith, discarded spaceships, hard times and the funny side of all that. Plus he does some great dance moves. Guaranteed to please
Associated Press said Phil “combines the social consience of Woody Guthrie with the twisted fury of Jerry Lee Lewis.”
Phil is a hipster madman Huck Finn meets Jack Kerouac, or as one music writer said, he is “Mark Twain meets Merle Haggard.” . If Phil were a character in On The Road, he’d be the guy in the back seat telling Sal and Dean which billboards the Highway Patrol is lurking behind, which diners have the prettiest waitresses, where to find the best pie a la mode on Route 66. Or, more likely, he’d be the guy they were barreling down the road to meet for hot coffee and enlightenment.
Before he settled into becoming one of the best songwriters in captivity, Phil Lee spent a couple of decades playing drums, driving truck for Neil Young, dumping motorcycles, hauling equipment, stealing hearts, eluding the authorities and raising Cain. Briefly, he was even a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers.
A total Renaissance man, Phil wrote the film score for The One Who Loves You, plus sings on the soundtrack and makes a cameo appearance in the movie, which will be released later in 2014.. In January 2014, Phil’s released his new DVD, recorded live at the famous Purple Onion in San Francisco.
Fans of Steve Forbert, Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons, Guy Clark, Phil Cody and Greg Brown will dig Phil Lee.