Veteran singer and songwriter Bill Phillips has been living, performing and writing in the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains for the past thirty-five years. His poignant songs evoke memories of growing up in rural southern towns, or maybe sitting on a porch listening to music played by a friend. The Old Fort resident returns to the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina” for an intimate evening of original music at the White Horse Black Mountain on
Through his love for traditional mountain music and ballads, Bill developed a strong personal style at an early age. When he turned sixteen he moved to Nashville and was soon touring throughout the U.S. with the late Mel Street. Bill penned the classic ballad “Smokey Mountain Memories”, and contributed to other hits for Street, bluegrass star Larry Sparks, and country music legend Ronnie Milsap. He later went on to travel as a sideman for Johnny Paycheck in the wake of his huge hit “Take This Job and Shove It”.
Bill’s writing abilities earned him a top spot in the Chris Austin Song Writers contest at the Merle Watson Festival, where he competed along with the likes of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and he’s been a headliner at the venerable Eno River Music Festival in Durham for the past seventeen years. Audiences throughout the South have been drawn into his musical narratives, which Bluegrass Unlimited magazine describes as "an area where John Prine meets the Seldom Scene