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To think that most people know Sam Phillips’ music only as it accompanied the television show Gilmore Girls is just another example of how weird and fragmented the music business has become over the years. Sam Phillips has been a top-notch singer-songwriter with a number of essential albums, from Cruel Inventions to Martinis and Bikinis and the acoustic weave of Fan Dance. This 2010 EP, Magic for Everbody, is only too short; at just under 16 minutes, it feels like a tease. The title track is a trademark Phillips shuffle. With expert backing from drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Jennifer Condos and guitarist Greg Leisz, Phillips is in flawless company. In the end, however, it’s Phillips’ engaging and light-as-a- feather voice that makes things what they are. Eric Gorfain adds some tasteful string arrangements but it’s the way Phillips layers her vocals for the chorus of “Trouble” that stops your heart. The EP includes a complete re-working of the song, “Tell Her What She Wants to Know,” a tune that appeared on the 2003 soundtrack of Gilmore Girls.

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The Best

Sam Phillips blows my mind, and these songs are rad. Buy this, and then all her records.

Jump on board!

A wonderful little set of songs. "Always Merry and Bright" is timeless- a hauntingly sweet melody. "Lever Pulled Down" is beyond infectious.

never EVER disappoints

For the 20+ years, Ms. Phillips' music has been a touchstone. No matter what, I come back to it, breathlessly await new material, and endlessly listen once I have it. This EP delivers. Thank you, Sam Phillips.


Born: January 28, 1962 in Glendale, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The acid pop singer/songwriter born Leslie Phillips earned the nonsensical nickname "Sam" as a child; only when she was recording her debut album did she finally hear of the other, more renowned Sam Phillips and learn of his legacy as the founder of Sun Records, the label which launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. In retrospect, however, her relative distance from the history and conventions of pop music may have been in her favor and accounted for the fresh perspective her...
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