Hugh Phillips is a performing singer/songwriter and musician hailing from Carbondale Colorado. In addition to fronting his band, Sir Kempson on guitar and vocals, he also performs solo playing originals and unique covers, and continues to perform shows throughout western Colorado. He has shared the stage with Keller and the Keels at Palisade Bluegrass Festival, performed with StrayGrass, Shaun Ray, Bluegrass Offenders, and is currently working on his first record. He has been described as a modern country bluegrass man, with his heart right smack dab in the middle of the Folk/Americana scene.
Never having formal instruction on guitar, he sought to learn the flat pick style from his heroes in bluegrass, and country. He continued on to explore jazz, blues and old traditional tunes. These inspirations have shaped his writing and playing today into tasty acoustic wanderings you can be sure to feel at any of his shows. Always presenting from the heart vocally, Hugh’s wide range and stylings come from his teachers and mentors who have helped set him apart.
Hugh has always enjoyed playing and writing intriguing and colourful pieces. Much of his influence today comes from modern singer/songwriters who have profound lyrics and melodies. He has only been writing for a short time, and has a catalogue of songs that sets the vintage country stylings of the past on stage, while boldly stating the current human conditions familiar to us all. This unique style has earned him praise like: ‘a surprising and evocative performance!’ Hugh currently is preparing material for his debut album due out in 2020.