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A compilation of tracks from El Capitan and All Used Up: A Scrapbook, The Telling Takes Me Home is a quick tour around the styles of Utah Phillips, whose music and concerns incorporate several genres of folk and country (and comedy as well, this being the gentleman who gave the world "Moose-Turd Pie"). Phillips is a compelling performer, a bear-like presence who commands attention through his music. This 20-track collection could serve as a very good introduction, especially with the extensive song notes Phillips has provided (this is a very thick booklet). ~ Steven E. McDonald, Rovi


Born: 15 May 1935 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

"The golden voice of the great American Southwest," Bruce "U. Utah" Phillips was not one to take retirement sitting down. Retired from touring after 1996 and plagued with heart problems that eventually ended his life in 2008 at age 73, the politically conscious Nevada City, CA-based singer and storyteller remained active and involved as long as possible, writing to his family and friends shortly before his death, "My body is weak but my will is strong, and I keep my disposition as sunny and humorous...
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