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Phillip Roebuck

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Norfolk, Virginia Beach VA, United States

PHILLIP ROEBUCK is a Virginia-born, New York-bred songster and bare bones one-man band. With punk rock intensity, Roebuck stomps out beats on a classic, depression-era drum apparatus, while strumming the banjo with a fierce ragged-but-right style. Some might call it Roots music for the new millennium.

Although he has played over a thousand shows in venues and on festival stages in the U.S. and Europe, Roebuck can just as easily be seen performing on a street corner in New Orleans or New York City or Norfolk, where he has spent nearly a decade honing his skills as a one-man band.

Roebuck was born in Norfolk, VA into a huge musical family (“I think I have 60 cousins, something like that”), so big that they have a music festival every July out in Pungo, a rural county of his hometown, Virginia Beach.

He was also an only child. His father, a singer-songwriter, moved Roebuck and his mother, then a hairstylist, traveled around the country in pursuit of a musical career. By the time they moved back to Virginia Beach, when Roebuck was in junior high, he had attended 19 different schools.

In high school Roebuck was versatile; surfing, performing in theater, and by then, he was also performing in clubs he wouldn’t have been allowed into otherwise. He was also constantly songwriting. “It always just flowed for me, although the better songs were harder to come by…but you write 10 or 12 of them and boom, you find a good one.”

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  • davidwhoward

    My wife and I were absolutely blown away when we saw you in louisville about a month ago. My sister and a friend were with us and were likewise blown away! You are one of the coolest musicians I have ever seen. What do we have to do to convince you to come up near Fort Wayne, IN? Or anywhere in Indiana...I've been tellin everyone about you. Good luck!

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JuggernautRide

    Yes, you really should see him live - Phil killed it at the Milestone in Charlotte 11/20/11

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • WhylumKeeley

    Not to be missed live. Request him at a city near you!

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • CraigeryMontoya

    Truly amazing

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • ChancesThree

    Awesome.

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Joyaux

    love this guy.

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • SkaLD_21

    This guy is pretty cool =)

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • lambes

    The same thing)

    15 Apr 2009 Reply

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