Our Night With Phil


The concert we hosted with Phil Keaggy was wonderful.

He has amazing talent and a genuine spirit.

Before the concert, I got to hang-out for a bit with him.  We talked about how the Gospel is still the hope that people are looking for, but how it often gets crowded out by religion.  This seemed to be a real passion for Phil and we talked for quite a while about how to build authentic relationships with disenfranchised people.

We also talked of early days in Christian Music with Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill and Keith Green.  He spoke about how Steve Camp started out as "Steve Stonebrook" until Larry invented a new name for him.   (By the way, Phil does a dead on impression of Larry’s voice, in my humble opinion and much to my delight.)

I mentioned that we had hosted some previous concerts with Apologetix.  He hadn’t heard of them, but liked their name very much.  When I said that they do parodies of classic rock songs, he asked if they do any Beatles.  The conversation then transitioned to his recommendation that I have Ken Mansfield, the former US manager of Apple Records during the Beatles’ heyday, in to speak.  Apparently Phil is quite impressed with the fellow and his recent book, The Beatles, the Bible, and Bodega Bay.

Somewhere along the way, the conversation shifted to the music of Bob Dylan.  Phil had insight to offer about the friendship between Bob and the late Christian singer, Keith Green.  Phil recommended the book Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited for great insight into Dylan’s life and spiritual journey.

We also spoke of life as a musician, crazy middle-aged fans, and various what-not.

Overall, it was fascinating to spend time with Phil.  He had a real warmth about him and a personable demeanor. 

We had somewhere between 250 and 300 people at the concert, a little short of our hopes and projections, but nevertheless a good-sized crowd.

And Phil’s music is simply amazing.  The nuances in his playing are striking.  There is no question; he is still one of the great guitarists of our day.  His vocals were as sharp as ever and it was hard to tell who was having the better time, us or him.  He played to a mesmerized audience for over 130 minutes.


Oh yeah, pictures?  Here are a few (thanks to tuffy who brought a camera while yours truly left his home):

12 thoughts on “Our Night With Phil

  1. Mike M

    So did you ask him the question every Christian has wanted to know?

    “Phil, is it true that Jimi Hendrix was once asked, “How does it feel to be the greatest guitar player in the world?” To which he responded, “I don’t know… ask Phil Keaggy.”?

    Even if it’s not true, I still tell all of my unsaved friends about that urban legend. I figure, shoot… if it gets them to buy a Keaggy CD they just might be his next newest fan! [img]http://lifewithchrist.org/js/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/wink_smile.gif[/img]

    He has an instructional video that shows every detail about how he tunes his alternate tuning and how he does his signature tapping techniques. He’s very humble in the video as well.

    I also remember hearing about Bob Dylan’s and Kieth’s friendship. I actually saw a 1hr. special on Kieth on the history channel or A&E.

    I think Steve Camp did a pretty good job of somewhat filling Keith’s shoes after he died. I know you’re a Green & Camp fan yourself Burt.

    I saw Steve in concert where he said his ministry was taking a turn for the better. He said, “I’m trading in my cattle prod for a shepherd’s staff.”

    If you know Keith’s or Steve’s music, you know exactly what he means.

    PB, I could talk for hours with you about “vintage Christian music” and the legends of The Jesus Movement. That was my childhood and I’m glad my parents exposed me to the music of the radical church of the 70’s.

    My mom still has my dad’s LPs of Andre Crouch, Mustard Seed Faith, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Keith Green, and even some Pat Boon!

    Well, I should go now… but thanks for the coffee and desert. We should do it again sometime!

    Have a God day!
    Mike M

  2. Burt

    d: While not an exact list, here are some of the songs Phil played:

    Salvation Army Band
    Thank You For Today
    Until Your Love Broke Through
    What A Day
    How Can I Thank You
    Here Comes The Sun
    Fare Thee Well
    Let Everything Else Go
    Pilgrim’s Flight
    Nothing But The Blood
    Irish Folk Song(County Down?)/Del’s Bells
    True Believers
    If I Feel The Winds of God Today
    John The Revelator

    There were others that I’m sure I don’t quite recall now, plus lots of extended parts, improvisations and more.

  3. Clint

    Thanks for the post, Burt.

    Along the same lines, I was just reading something that was supposed to come straight from diaries that John Lennon kept that said he gave his life to Jesus, “got saved,” sometime right before his shooting. That may be an urban legend, also, but I seem to recall the article referenced some book or another. Anyone know the source of that rumor?

    Too bad the crowd wasn’t larger, but at least all who were there can claim to have had an “intimate” evening with Phill! [img]http://lifewithchrist.org/js/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/thumbs_up.gif[/img]

  4. Replica Watches UK

    This seemed to be a real passion for Phil and we talked for quite a while about how to build authentic relationships with disenfranchised people.

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