The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 16, 1999, Image 4

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For any questions regarding the 2000 Aggieland, call 845-2682. We're making history!! AGGIELAND Applications are being accepted for the 2000 Aggieland yearbook staff. • Section Editor • Designer • Copy writer • Photographer Pick up applications outside the Aggieland office. Room 004 Reed McDonald. Applications are due Friday, April 23, by 5:00 p.m. Page 4 • Friday, April 16, 1999 A GGIELIFE Battalion Rolling Stone eesc fe wi NEW Y pe that Folk singer uses lifetime of experience to write si BY AMY DAUGHERTY The Battalion W hen Joni Mitchell needed to brush up on her guitar chords in the ’60s or The Beatles needed a background vocalist for their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and George Harrison wanted sitar lessons, all heads turned towards Shawn Phillips. Phillips will soon be turning heads again when he brings his music to Bryan-College Sta tion this weekend. With an eclectic music style ranging from solo guitar performances to symphonic over tures, it seems hard to believe that someone with a lifetime of recording experience could still be relatively unknown. What singer/songwriter Shawn Phillips lacks in recognition he makes up for through the success of his albums. Although Texas native Phillips has spent three decades as a recording artist and has 17 albums under his belt, he has yet to become a household name. Phillips discovered his musical talent at age six when he picked up his first guitar and even tually became a touring musician, spending the majority of his time on the road with his journalist/novelist father. His father’s work landed the pair in the most diverse of locations, including the Canary Islands and Germany. They also took up residency in every state in the United States. It was through these travels that Phillips had the opportunity to interact with a few soon-to- be popular American artists and began devel oping his folk music. This eventually brought Phillips to England, where he was signed with Columbia Records. At age 20, Phillips recorded his first folk al bum, I’m a Loner, which met with little en thusiasm. The following year, his second album, Shawn, was released. The record sold fewer than 10,000 copies. Columbia dropped Phillips from their label. He spent the next six years attempting to find himself. “You don’t start off wanting to be a singer/songwriter, you develop into one as you evolve,” Phillips said in an interview with his manager. “You sing in the clubs or wherever you can, and at some point, if you are using your brain, you have a tendency to want to ex press yourself rather than repeat what some body else thinks.” Phillips soon ended up penniless in Italy. By a stroke of good luck, his demo tapes finally caught the attention of Jonathon Weston, a producer from England who was himself rela tively new in the business. It was Weston who convinced A&M Records’ president Jerry Moss to consider some of Phillips’ music for release, and Moss later extended Phillips an offer he could not refuse. Over the course of the next 10 years, Phillips recorded nine albums with A&M Records and his first two anthologies were released. Phillips remained in Italy for the next 20 years and said it never occurred to him that be ing located so far away from the music scene might be harmful to his career. “Really, I did not make this decision (to stay in Italy],” Phillips said. “It was made for me by the English government. When 1 moved to Positano [Italy], I didn’t have a career in the U.S. yet. “When the career started happening, how ever, it never crossed my mindata tential damage to me. 1 figuredttil Jonathon (Weston], or someone«i on my behalf in the U.S., they top ot the ilii neeso After his run with A&M Re;: 3 I went on to make records with: (01 Mi>v '< labels ovei the next several vea' -pervibe ly tom-' the U.S. and (.'anadawiit^Bm o the-ordinary music. The variations in Phillips’sc a blend of genres, includingrod country. e the or ung the found 1 “It’s a j e comf: bhnolog At some point,if ieson eorr are using your braia ector v\ . . , ||y belie have a tendency.Jihet m press yourself: 9 echanc in tv. o c Now h “^li-Gon J “Tcofn i ng ah th ild ath me )antom -e. Phillipss; 2. i<3 i ( ’t writing songs—angtuHt as ■duo. anothe m;ei. positively,” Phillips - is c ■ , with the way the world.- fritily: “I utely cemiuible. and wondei-^Hed w orld through tin* eyes on:bjh. 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