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Oct 14, 2021 - 4:40:43 PM
15352 posts since 12/2/2005
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After four bouts with cancer, Covid finally got him.

A gracious and kind man - and a great musician. And he would hang out in the lobby at the Joe Val festival and pick with anyone who showed up.

Story here

Oct 14, 2021 - 5:40:11 PM



9878 posts since 7/1/2006

Very sorry to hear this. I used to bump into Phil and jam with him from time to time when I lived in east Tennessee. A very fine fellow and musician. Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed :(

Edited by - banjoy on 10/14/2021 17:42:02

Oct 14, 2021 - 5:49:54 PM
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1436 posts since 7/12/2004

A wonderful human being and a great musician. He was fun to talk to at Joe Val, he had lots of stories to tell. It's sad that he had to go through so much sickness.

Oct 14, 2021 - 7:52:30 PM

125 posts since 7/22/2012

This is rough to hear. I met him one time at the Steve Kaufmann camp in 2018. He was waiting in a room to give a private class with his dobro and no one had shown up. I went in there with my banjo and it was just me and him. We greeted each other and talked a bit, then we played Fireball Mail together. Then we talked some more. He was very positive and encouraging.

He talked to me about playing with J.D. Crowe. He also talked about J.D. Crowe's timing and his feeling when playing with the banjo; he pointed out that J.D. played with more of a "lope" in his timing as opposed to straight-metronomic timing. It was a special experience and I thanked him for it. It would not have happened if anyone else showed up. He smiled and said "that worked out perfectly."

Oct 14, 2021 - 9:03:10 PM

602 posts since 11/4/2007

Oct 15, 2021 - 1:29:28 AM

3629 posts since 7/12/2006

What an example of perseverance Phil was. How one keeps on fighting against the odds as he did is an example we can all learn from. Requiescant in pace....

Oct 15, 2021 - 4:52:36 AM

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26518 posts since 8/3/2003

Dave loved to listen to him play. Maybe they are now together with Dave listening and Phil picking his dobro.

May he rest in peace.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Oct 15, 2021 - 5:26:25 AM



9878 posts since 7/1/2006

Here's a GoFundMe page set up to help offset the medical expenses. I'm sure the family can use all the financial help they can get right now.

Oct 15, 2021 - 6:33:42 AM

3945 posts since 3/28/2008

I didn't know him well, but every time I saw him--mainly at IBMA, and this one time he taught resonator guitar at Augusta--it was like we were old friends. And from all the tributes to him I'm seeing on Facebook, it seems he was always like that with everyone. Quite apart from his fine musicianship, our world is much the poorer for his loss.

Oct 15, 2021 - 6:45:10 AM

1316 posts since 3/24/2006

Phil was one of those special people that you run in to only a few times during your life. I wasn't around him a lot, but when I was he was kind and a hoot.......extremely nice man, extremely funny man.


Oct 15, 2021 - 6:48:56 AM

199 posts since 11/28/2006

I saw him with J.D. and the New South in 1998 at Steve Kaufman’s mandolin camp. He impressed the heck out of me then. I’ve since tried my hand at playing the dobro and his talent and skill was even more impressive. May he Rest In Peace

Oct 15, 2021 - 6:53:01 AM

58468 posts since 12/14/2005

Here he is, twanging away on his hubcap guitar, making one of my favorite songs sound even better than the original:


Oct 15, 2021 - 1:20:50 PM



60407 posts since 10/5/2013
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He fought hard,,, RIP Phil

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