Phil Circle - Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist
Phil Circle has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.
Phil is by no means your ordinary songster picking away quietly on his acoustic guitar. He manages to blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, folk, and even classical, to seamlessly create a style truly his own. Add to this his flawless and energetic live performance, and he lands far away from what most people think of as "Singer/Songwriter."
While living for a time in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Phil recorded Living In The Chippewa Valley (2011) and The Unsung (2013). Prior to that he released two CDs in 2010 in Chicago entitled All That I Am and Da Coverz respectively. The music on these albums was co-produced and engineered by Oscar winner and two-time Grammy-nominee George Belle. The release also included a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage of the recording process and live performances on the road. This DVD eventually was annexed into a more expansive one called The Little Blue Honda Tour. In 2009 he also released Minutes to Circle, a full band CD of more original music, which has received numerous positive reviews. For instance, a song off that album was chosen for a compilation of 16 artists from across the country and sent to 350,000 U.S. troops around the world. Although not mainstream, Phil Circle’s music has touched the lives of countless people.
Phil Circle's earlier career included a few years living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a result, you can hear the Tejano influence in some of his songs, especially "Can't Take Anymore" from his debut 1997 CD, Guilty: Extenuating Circumstances. Following that came Guilty: Live On WZRD (2000) and then, while in the midst of recording for a second studio album, he broke up the band Guilty and went solo. This led to the self titled 16 track album Phil Circle (2003), Phil Circle and Ruby Harris: Live At The Gateway (2003), and a few stalled attempts at more studio work until 2009 brought the May release of Minutes To Circle.
In addition to these various "official" releases, there are many studio and live recordings that were not included on any albums or only on short promotional burns. Most of these are available on this site for free. Donations are accepted.
As this is updated, Phil's live performances are being recorded in and around Chicago. The plan is to compile the best of these shows from 2016 for a live album.
Visit the "This Is Where The Tunes Are" page to become familiar with his vast array of originals and covers, both live and in the studio. You can also buy individual downloads or entire albums, or purchase physical copies.
From the home page (Video Clips) you can view an ever growing collection of video from live shows, interviews and behind the scenes.
Looking for some coaching in music? Phil has affordable rates for hour long private sessions or group workshops. He covers a myriad of subjects from performance and technique in a specific instrument to songwriting and business. See his "Lessons" page for more information on this.
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