Review: Bill Phillippe – Ghosts

Posted on: Thursday, Jan 8, 2015


Bill Phillippe – Ghosts
(Arkansas Street Records)

The opening track of this CD by Bill Phillippe, a cover of Robert Johnson’s ‘Come On In This Kitchen’, is enough to confirm how adept this San Francisco-based singer and guitarist is at the classic Mississippi Delta styled blues. It is close enough to the original to ensure Bill conjures up Po’ Bob’s troubled spirit, yet individual enough to demonstrate that he also has ideas of his own.

Other tracks are reminiscent of the bluesier end of the 60s folk revival, with their ever-so slight tinges of the likes of Woody Guthrie, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, and Bill’s treatments of guitar evangelist staples such as ‘Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning’ and ‘God Don’t Never Change’ are certainly convincing.

This is an aptly titled solo set – subtle, low-key, slightly spooky, the past intruding into the present and leaving a strong impression…


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