This is a list of some of the guitars Phillips has used in his live shows; his current main live guitars are marked +[citation needed]. Steve Phillips, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the popular Kansas City Celtic rock band The Elders, died this week from complications after contracting COVID-19, … A live album of material recorded at the Grosvenor in 2007 was issued on 5 November 2012 under the name "Live at the Grosvenor" (aka The Grosvenor Sessions). Through this group, Phillips achieved a wider recognition that allowed him to go on releasing his full solo albums and to enhance his career. He has worked with a wide group of musicians whom he calls on for band gigs; they were at one time called The Famous Five but are now known as The Rough Diamonds. He has also played with other solo blues artists such as Ray Stubbs, Doug McLeod and Hans Theessink. In 1989, he released a second album, Steel-Rail Blues, which contained more of his own compositions as well as arrangements of others' songs. As a side project, Phillips spent his spare time painting. Copyright 2020 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. At the age of 13, Phillips began learning to play guitar and started playing in different pubs in Leeds. Naast muzikant schildert Phillips veel en is hij een verdienstelijk gitaarbouwer. Phillips was born in London, England, but when still a child his family moved to Leeds; he has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life. Recorded between 1977 and 1986, the album contained fourteen tracks, only one of which was self-composed: the rest were classic country blues and ragtime instrumentals by such artists as Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Blake. KANSAS CITY, Mo. +, This page was last edited on 19 July 2020, at 22:11. Most Tuesday nights sees the legendary Steve Phillips, guitarist and founder member of ´The Notting Hillbillies´ play the blues with the ´Rough Diamonds´. Steve Phillips (musician) Steve Phillips (born 18 February 1948) is an English blues and country musician. The band regularly performs in the Kansas City area, including at the last few Plaza Lighting ceremonies on Thanksgiving. — One of the members of The Elders, a Kansas City Irish American folk rock band, died this week after complications from COVID-19, the group said in a statement on Wednesday. They split up in 1967, although the various musicians continued to work together in different combinations from time to time. Knopfler, already famous as the leader of Dire Straits, offered to produce Phillips's next album for him. [citation needed], A guitar collector as well as a maker, Phillips uses a wide number of them in his live performances. Steve Phillips onstage in Leeds, U.K., 1978, with his vintage, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Live at the Grosvenor by Steve Phillips and the Rough Diamonds", "North Country Blues by Steve Phillips and the Rough Diamonds", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Steve_Phillips_(musician)&oldid=968521321, BLP articles lacking sources from August 2011, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2017, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Musician, composer, guitar maker, painter, N.S. Steve Phillips, lead guitar and founding member of The Elders, had died the night before. He is mainly renowned for being part of the supergroup Notting Hillbillies along with the Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Brendan Croker. From 1974-76 Phillips fronted the Steve Phillips Juke Music group, including his sibling on bass. When we read of a favorite musician’s death… Phillip's official website has photographs of many of these instruments. In 1965, at the age of 17, he formed a band called Easy Mr. Steve's Bootleggers in which he mainly played piano. Phillips 12-string (1977) (known as 'The Wardrobe'), Beltona electric resonator (1992) – the prototype of this model. The music ranges from early blues to rock'n'roll, country to Chicago R&B. It was “finally too much for him to handle,” the band said. They soon become friends and started playing together. The Elders, which have their musical roots in American and Celtic folk rock, have toured in the U.S. and Europe. He is mainly renowned for being part of the supergroup The Notting Hillbillies along with the Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Brendan Croker. His album, Been A Long Time Gone, has a detail from one of his paintings on the sleeve. (These recordings are difficult to find outside the UK, despite the fact that Phillips is internationally known as an excellent blues singer and guitarist and has undertaken several overseas tours, notably in Italy, Spain and Scandinavia). Read more about Steve Phillips (musician): Biography, Discography, Guitars. Saturdays Join us on Saturday nights when there is often live music, but please check before travelling. Steve Phillips (born 18 February 1948) is an English blues and country musician, as well as guitar maker (under the name "N.S. He is mainly renowned for being part of the supergroup The Notting Hillbillies along with the Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Brendan Croker.[1]. Steve Phillips. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. These informal evenings usually gather a good audience and often feature friends of Phillips and the band 'sitting in' for all or part of the gig. Jazz musician Steve Phillips's bio, concert & touring information, albums, reviews, videos, photos and more. According to the post, Phillips, a guitarist for The Elders, had battled pulmonary fibrosis “for quite a while” and recently contracted COVID-19. The National Style O which Knopfler uses in songs such as "Romeo & Juliet" and which became a Dire Straits emblem following its appearance on the cover of the Brothers in Arms album, was sold by Phillips in 1980. Then, Mark Knopfler, a junior reporter working for "The Yorkshire Evening Post," called Phillips to get an interview. This idea became The Notting Hillbillies. By the mid-1970s, Phillips had met the Bradford-born songwriter, singer and guitarist Brendan Croker. Most of these musicians (and other guests) have appeared on his albums, except for his most recent, Solo (2005) which is Phillips on his own. Phillips was a member of a three-piece bar band formed in 1983 called, “Steve, Bob and Rich.” Signing a contract with Mercury/Polygram records, they added a … Their stage name was The Duolian String Pickers. From the age of eight he had been enthralled by Elvis Presley, when others of his age were just discovering Hank B. Marvin and the Shadows. Phillips is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, according to the band. Finally, in 1973, Knopfler left Leeds and moved to London to become part of Brewers Droop and, afterwards, founded Dire Straits, with whom he finally reached mainstream recognition. The group eventually recorded some demos but these were not released until 1996. In 1968, after buying his first steel resonator guitar, a vintage National, he played many solo gigs in Leeds pubs. These recordings spanned nearly thirty years, from 1965 to 1981. Steve Phillips (born 18 February 1948) is an English blues and country musician, as well as guitar maker (under the name "N.S. These paintings are notable for their treatment of North Yorkshire's distinctive but elusive light, and have a luminous quality which renders them instantly recognisable as his work. He fulfilled Brendan Croker in 1976, plus they performed occasionally because the duo Nev And Norris. (nl) (Not to be confused with Stephen Philips.) He still plays regularly with Croker and appears occasionally with Knopfler and his band, especially for charity fund-raising gigs. Finally, in the 1980s, Phillips was persuaded to release his first album, titled ironically The Best of Steve Phillips.