“In a modern day mass marketing economy, a revolutionary song is any song that you choose to sing yourself – welcome to the revolution.” -Utah Phillips
Long Gone is a regional recording comprised of artists from in and around Utah. The group includes former music students and band mates of the late Utah Phillips, as well as artists that have been influenced by his vast body of work over the years.
As Bruce did, all of the musicians on this recording still call Utah home, and are
well established artists in their own right. The CD was produced by Utah’s own, Kate MacLeod.
Many of the songs on this tribute CD are regional to Utah and tell the story of the West as “Utah” saw it.
Throughout the recording process, all of the guitar work was performed on “Utah’s” old road-worn Guild guitar, the same guitar that his son Duncan Phillips now uses on stage to pay tribute to his father: “The Golden Voice of the Great Southwest,” Bruce “Utah” Phillips.
I think that Utah Phillips would have been very pleased with this collection, and at the same time amused. Amused that the State of Utah will still have him around to tweak it’s sacred cows, and honored to have this tribute done by the folk music community of Utah.
Not familiar with Bruce “ Utah” Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest, anarchist, organizer, humanitarian and teller of tall tales and outrageous stories..and so much more? Then welcome to the beginning of a life changing relationship. Follow these songs back to the wellspring that is Utah Phillips and find your history, your story, the community you may never have know that you shared. I think I speak for everyone on this compilation, and thousands of others, whose lives have been changed for the better, who say.. welcome, come join us…you have a family here that has been waiting for you.
There is a worn bumper sticker on my guitar case that says “ I think…therefore I am dangerous.” I smile and think of Utah Phillips every time I see it. Add the art and craft of a vaudevillian, the eye for detail of a historian, a heart as big as the western sky, and a fake clown nose ( and the will to use it),..and yes..I think that is a good start.
And there are the songs: songs that have become folk songs..the ultimate compliment to any songwriter. They are byways to pop culture, tips of icebergs, about something. Enjoy your journey!
1. Eddie’s Song – Paul Rasmussen
2. Nevada Jane – Kate MacLeod
3. Scofield Mine Disaster – Mike and Shauna Iverson
4. Jesse’s Corrido – Gentri Watson
5. If I Could Be the Rain – Polly Stewart
6. I Think of You – Brent Bradford
7. Long Gone – Duncan Phillips
8. Miner’s Lullaby – Anke Summerhill
9. Ragged Old Man – Doug Wintch
10. Orphan Train – Carla Eskelsen
11. NPR Talking Blues – Ken Shaw
12. Pig Hollow – Kyle Wulle
13. Goin’ Away – Gigi Love
14. Room for the Poor – Hal Cannon
15. The Telling Takes Me Home – Dave Eskelsen
16. Hallelujah I’m a Bum – Tom Shults
17. The Long Memory (spoken) – Mike Garcia
18. Ship’s Gonna Sail – Group Song
Produced by Kate MacLeod
Executive Producer – Duncan Phillips
Harmonies – Mother Jones
Fiddle – Kate MacLeod
Harmonica – “Bad” Brad Wheeler
Piano – Stephen Keen
Cello – Margaret Lewis
Mandolin and Harmonies – Rex Flinner