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Shawn Phillips (born February 3, 1943, Fort Worth, Texas, USA) is a folk-rock musician, primarily influential in the 1960s and 1970s. Phillips has recorded twenty albums and worked with musicians including Donovan, Paul Buckmaster, J. Peter Robinson, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bernie Taupin, and many others. The Texas-born singer-songwriter was described as “The best kept secret in the music business” by the late rock impresario Bill Graham.

“…an artist of such raw talent, ambition and good will… Phillips’ main attraction is still his voice. Reedy and flexible, with a remarkable falsetto, it is a potent dramatic instrument. ” that’s what Rolling Stone Magazine had to say about Shawn Phillips, a musician whose work literally fits into no category.

Shawn Phillips has almost twenty albums to his credit (of which millions have been sold) and a host of associations with some of the most respected names in the industry including Donovan, Paul Buckmaster, J Peter Robinson, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and many others, yet he is virtually forgotten except by his cadre of loyal fans. The Texas-born singer/songwriter was called “The best kept secret in the music business,” by the late rock impresario Bill Graham.

Beginning in the 1960s, Phillips made noteworthy contributions to popular music. He performed at the “Isle of Wight” festival and was cast to play the lead in the original production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (he had to withdraw due to his heavy recording and touring schedule.)


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  • Scanmad

    My prefered album from Shawn is Do You Wonder. So superb songs and Face B…

    10 Feb 7:19am Reply
  • AcousticPhases

    Posted a new comment ""We are pleased to announce the new OFFICIAL Shawn Phillips website here

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • isukkinen

    Just listened Collaboration for the first time since the 70s. Stunning album.

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • AcousticPhases

    Shawn Phillips has an EXCLUSIVE One of kind hand made audio CD that comes with a letter of Authentication and his autograph and only 500 will ever be made. They are going quickly so please follow the link to purchase one.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AcousticPhases

    Spread the word, sign our PETITION to get Shawn Phillips inducted into the Songwriters HALL of Fame

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    I reall, really like Contribution & Second Contribution. Great melodies, lyrics, playing, vocals & most importantly Imagination :-)

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • AcousticPhases

    Archiving and Digitizing all KNOWN concerts and interviews of and by Shawn Phillips 21 Oct 2011, 12:08 (edit | delete) We wanted to inform all of you, Fans and friends and family alike that EMH is in the process of digitizing and archiving all of the video footage and audio tapes recorded by those who were kind enough to do so and provide Shawn Phillips and or Arlo Hennings with a copy of that show or Radio interview or live show broadcast. Stay tuned as we upload these remarkable events to Last FM. Shawn Phillips Early Morning Hours A Fale is now available, a sgtory written and spoken by Shawn PHilliips

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ljmcclure

    Shawn needs to come to South Florida!!!!!!!!!!

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • AcousticPhases

    HEY SHAWN, I will get a chance to see you in concert her in the TWIN CITIES, MN in Novemeber.

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
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  • Unavoltavita

    I just heard "Moonshine" for the first time in my favourite vinyl store yesterday. Before that moment I had never heard of Shawn Phillips; my eyes were opened and I fell in love!

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • davids0025

    I saw Shawn in Tyler Texas this past year and he is still writing and signing at his best!

    25 Nov 2010 Reply
  • texasdust

    I saw Shawn Phillips in concert back in 1978 when he was at his best and he was fantastic. It was one of the best concerts i have ever been to.

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • vjsupersaint

    Come join us at Unsigned Christmas. A group designed for raising awareness of new artists taking Christmas & all music into a new decade. The Unsigned Christmas album has the top tunes to be heard this Christmas.

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • lhodakblerz

    Take your time in the morning sun, it lasts for half a day.

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • venus1024

    Second Contribution is my fav..but all his music is awesome!! I was listening to Shawn in early 70's!! lol

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ch3v4li3r

    Woman ! <3

    3 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Ziraffe

    In fact, there shouldn't be any similar artist to Shawn Philips. He always did music the way he wanted to do it... He never did succomb to business demands..

    10 Nov 2007 Reply
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