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Rock: Acoustic Folk: Modern Folk Moods: Solo Male Artist Moods: Mood: Christmas Folk: Folk-Rock

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United States - New Jersey

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Phil Swanson

Phil is a guitarist/singer/songwriter currently living & giging in the Northeast. In order to describe his sound, first you need to know a little bit about where he comes from. Phil grew up in rural New Jersey (yes, parts of NJ are still rural) the youngest of two children. His father, a Methodist minister, and his mother an English teacher in the local public school system. Both of his parents had musical backgrounds so it was not surprising that he tried his hand at several musical instruments (piano, trumpet) before being struck by the hypnotic power of the guitar as an early teen. He learned quickly and was soon forming his own rock band with his friends playing the music of the popular rock groups of the times (Kiss, Stones, Sweet, BTO, etc...). His parents gave him his first acoustic guitar (Yamaha) as a Christmas present when he was in High School and it was through the acoustic that he started to hone his songwriting skills.

In the years since, although Phil has been in many bands playing a variety of genres of music, it has always been the acoustic guitar that he has come back too to write songs that catch your attention. As a songwriter, Phil is influenced by the constantly chamgeing world around him, experiences and images that effect us all profoundly; longing, love, hope, and the search for truth and discovery as we navigate through today's rather pot-holed landscape. In meeting him, you would find a man of few words, very easy-going and honest. He is an artist who truely lets his music do the talking for him.

Phil performs fairly regularly in coffeehouses and bars in central Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.