South Austin’s K Phillips is releasing American Girls on Feb 14, 2012. On this debut, there are no pick-up trucks, red cups, or girls in jean shorts. Phillips champions the desperate, the sleazy and the broken, with small-town murals that glimpse into the jealousy of a sheriff, lovers that freeze to death and a crude lothario that misquotes dead poets. His primary instrument is the Hammond B-3, drawing from southern soul, funk and blues. “You could imagine the Muscle Shoals horns filling out the arrangements. He sounded as good on spooky slide guitar as he did invoking gospel and soul on the piano,” said Gene Armstrong of Tucson Weekly of a recent live show.
Phillips drew his “West Texas dream-team” for American Girls including Bobby Keys, Jimmy Pettit, Bukka Allen, Rick Richards, and Kevin McKinney – cutting the album live in just four days. Phillips paints what he knows, perforated hearts of the flatlands, the swamps and the ether. Phillips paints American Girls.
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