By DONNA BALANCIA
Phil Gammage has truly got the blues.
And that’s a good thing for listeners. The talented singer-songwriter’s state of mind has brought about the heartfelt works via his new album Used Man for Sale.
Used Man for Sale, underscores Phil’s talent as singer-songwriter and is a thought-provoking piece that rifles through everything from love and success to breaking up and then getting away from it all.
Phil sounds like a combination of Elvis and the beloved folk singer Fred Neil, who was covered by everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Harry Nilsson.
But he’s got a new age edge and his rockabilly style has been put to good work on a range of TV shows and films.
Most of the songs on Used Man for Sale are tell of love or heartbreak, they’re beautifully written, and Phil’s excellent voice acts as a more than suggestive guide commenting on life’s ups and downs.
Phil’s a rare commodity in the do-it-yourself, cookie-cutter world of music today. He takes the time to tell the story, he projects the words forward with deliciously simple melodies and sits back and lets the story unfold.
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Phil sounds like he’s a little road weary, or that he’s tired of running. It’s obvious he’s been on the road looking for the next thing. When will it come? He has a big train on the album cover, which indicates the strong possibility he’s been around or lives in a perpetual state of motion.
Regarding the track list, “Locomotive” is good with a lot of power, we love the lusty “I Beg of You,” the adventuresome “Ride With Railroad Bill” and the hopelessly upbeat “Lost in Loserville.”
Perhaps one of the best assets is Phil’s fantastic voice. It’s a voice that will make any gal swoon. It’s a rare talent Phil was born with and wherever he’s going next, we want to tag along.