Monday, May 26, 2008

Utah Phillips Passes


It's never a good day to say a final goodbye, but a quick read of this article reveals a life well lived and a treasure trove of music preserved for future generations and historians. Nearly all of his recordings yield essential listening.

He didn't achieve the stature of Guthrie, Seeger or some of the others, but he inspired countless musicians with his songs, stories, involvement in labor causes, wit and gentle nature. He will be best remembered for his signature song "Rock Salt And Nails" which has been covered countless times. To gauge the impact of this song you need only to run a search and see how many other songwriters chose to cover it.