|Genres:||Christian & Gospel|
|Tags:||gospel blues country blues mississippi oldfashioned style|
c.1891, Freestone County, Texas, USA, d. 31 December 1938, Austin, Texas, USA. Phillips was unique on record in accompanying his plaintive gospel singing with the ethereal sounds of the dolceola, a zither equipped with a piano-like keyboard, of which only some 100 examples were made following its invention in 1902. Phillips recorded annually for Columbia Records from 1927-29, and his simple moral homilies were the work of a man who proclaimed his lack of education, preferring to trust in faith. His most famous song is the two-part Denomination Blues, an attack on the squabbling of black Christian sects, so titled because it uses the tune of Hesitation Blues.