FIVE FIRSTS: Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips
Charlie Phillips

NAME: Charlie Phillips
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, and I sing, too.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Rembrandts CD from 1995. As thrilling as it was to be able to listen to the “Friends” theme song 25-30 times a day, the real joy came from ordering music from mail order CD Club – remember those? 1995 was a big year for the seven-year-old version of myself. In addition to discovering I was more of a “Seinfeld” guy than a “Friends” guy, I was listening to Nirvana, the Violent Femmes and the Beatles. I like to think listening to rock music so early on influenced the way I listen to things. I also had really long hair for a little kid, so that was pretty gnarly.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Weezer at the Pepsi Arena. They were touring the Green album, and I was obsessed.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … There is a childhood photo of me holding a Hoffner bass just like Paul McCartney’s, but it dwarfed me in size, and I was definitely not “playing” it. I started learning the alto saxophone in elementary school. I didn’t get a guitar until I was 15, and my first guitar was an old nylon acoustic guitar that someone had left in the attic of my childhood home. It’s kind of a spooky, vibey little guitar, and I actually played it at The Linda last fall. It’s holding up just nicely.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix. My band and I covered Jimi in a high-school talent show, which helped solidify my identity as a singer and guitarist, in my eyes anyways.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Band of Prophets. A power trio with friends from the neighborhood. I was into Hendrix and the blues, and the drummer loved the Strokes. It was fun.

Charlie Phillips teams up with Fort Rooster and the North & South Dakotas for a triple bill at the Low Beat in Albany at 8pm on Thursday (April 3).

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