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Phil Keaggy

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Phil Keaggy (born March 23, 1951) is a Christian guitarist, songwriter, and singer. Raised in a small farmhouse in Hubbard, Ohio with nine brothers and sisters, Keaggy began playing guitar at age ten on a Sears Silvertone guitar, despite missing half of the middle finger on his right hand due to an accident at age 4 involving a water pump.

He is frequently listed as one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers’ polls, but he is equally at home on electric guitar. Keaggy is noted for crowd-pleasing solo live performances where he makes extensive use of recording live layers of loops to accompany himself. To do this he uses only an acoustic guitar but is able to create electric sounds.

Keaggy began performing professionally in the late 60s with drummer John Sferra. The two friends, with the addition of bassist Dan Pecchio, formed Glass Harp in 1968.

A major turning point for the trio was winning an Ohio area’s “Battle of the Bands.” One of event’s judges happened to be an associate of the celebrated producer Lewis Merenstein, who was alerted about the hot young threesome. At the time, Merenstein was fresh from producing albums for many successful artists including The Spencer Davis Group, Turley Richards and Van Morrison’s Moondance (Merenstein produced Astral Weeks as well) and had just been voted Producer of the Year by Rolling Stone. Merenstein was persuaded to fly down from New York to see what the fuss was all about.

Upon hearing the band perform, Merenstein was so inspired that Decca Records signed Glass Harp to a multi-record deal. A short time later, the band found itself in New York’s Greenwich Village recording its first album at Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland Studio with Lewis Merenstein as producer.

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  • flowwwz

    this music means so much to me

    5 Feb 6:18am Reply
  • Slowdive1768

    A humble man and one of the best guitar players ever! - Also a very Godly man-- and an inspiration to those in the Faith!

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jonodude

    Happy belated birthday, Phil!

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DrSlump7

    My favourite guitarist of all time!

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • IL-91

    "Under the Grace" is a pure bliss ^^

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LWRICH

    Phil Keaggy and The Second Chapter of Acts were my cornerstone of Contemporary Christian music during the '70's-80's, when I was a young Christian, along with The Imperials and Honeytree. He is an exceptionally gifted artist!!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • KCollardgreen

    if Gospel music needs a cornerstone of talent, someone with a unique gift and a legendary reputation look no further then the always dependable Phillip Keaggy. He knows a great song, he knows how to make it his own and he leaves you refreshed and appreciative of his insightful interpretations. and like wine, he gets better with age...

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    What A Day, Love Broke Through, The Master And The Musician, Town To Town, How The West Was One, (Crimson And Blue is worth a listen)-- amazing and essential guitar albums. He's released some stinkers, too. But nobody sounds like him, and when he's good, he's the best. If you like your rock blended with classical and hints of LSD memories, like Steve Howe, PK's your man. And when he sings he sounds like Paul McCartney!

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • Rain0129

    Such beautiful playing. Acoustic Sketches should be re titled: Acoustic Orgasms. I wonder if he ever visits pages like these. I bet it's such a mind fuck for an artist to see how much praise and love they get from those that they've never met.

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • johnny-metal

    Beyond Nature! <3

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • kingofdufferin

    He really does unify people with a lot of different tastes. I usually don't listen to much instrumental guitar, but he's just so good I can even listen to the instrumental albums! He does so many other genres, too. One super talented musician.

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • bernlin2000

    One of the best acoustic guitar players in the world: highly underrated.

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • fugitive1992

    He is my inspiration.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • OnlyVisitor

    Really good ^^

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mangomalte

    The Wind and the Wheat is such a masterpiece. <3

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • flowwwz

    Master and the Musician is one of my favorite albums... it was the soundtrack to countless road trips as a kid

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • rapaputyband

    New Rapaputy Band album "Let Me Be The One" now online, please listen! http://www.last.fm/music/Rapaputy+Band+and+Friends/Let+Me+Be+The+One/Awakening

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • jnbek

    It amazes me the diversity of fans Mr Keaggy has. :) \m/ I'm a Prog/Death Metalhead who listens to things like Death and Opeth, some are Country fans, some Classic Rock, some Contemporary Christian, Blues, Jazz Classical, you name it. I thank God for giving this man this amazing talent to inspire and bring peace and enjoyment to so many people of so many different flavors. :)

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • luckystoned

    he is amazing artist. really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • nlnnet

    I was able to do a podcast about Phil's music - http://ruffmix.com/enclosure/2006-06-26T02_11_08-07_00.mp3

    2 May 2009 Reply
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