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Thread #14233   Message #1596063
Posted By: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo
02-Nov-05 - 08:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Songs by Bruce 'Utah' Phillips
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs by Bruce 'Utah' Phillips
I'm so tired of looking for what would seem obscure folk artists and never finding them.

I'd venture that Bruce "Utah" Phillips is far from being some "obscure folk artist[]" ... at leaat to those of us that read the labels. ;-) By my nonprofessional and ad hoc count, he may well be one of the most recorded songwriters ever in folk circles (with IIRC some 20 songs of his at least recorded by others). I can only think of a few, such as perhaps Ewan McColl, Pete Seeger, or Malvina Reynolds, that have exceeded his output (at least as measured by the number of people that think his songs are worth enshrining in vinyl/CD). Feel free to correct me on the numbers, anyone that knows more....

Then there's the pleasure of seeing him live, with his 2 minute songs wrapped around 20 minute stories that will leave you busting a gut or bawling your eyes out.

Did I say that he's also one of my favourites? (Unfortunately, my SO thinks his voice sux and refuses to listen to him....)