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6th INTERNATIONAL PHIL GUY DAY
We are pleased to announce that a very special 6th International Phil Guy Day will happen this year. Phil would be 74 this April 28th. The past 5 years Dario Lombardo (Italian musican and good friend of Phil's who performed many times with him) and I (Lisa Mallen - Phil's manager) have coordinated with Blues musicians, venues, and friends around the world to remember Phil Guy and his music during the week and day of April 28th. Look below to see the past Phil Guy International Days' events.
This year we are doing something different thanks to Dario and Delores Scott's efforts(another very good friend of Phil's. Phil had a lot of friends:)) They were able to secure a spot at the 2014 - 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival set for June 13 through June 15 in Grant Park. The Tribute to Phil Guy will be on Saturday, June 14th at the Pepsi Front Porch Stage from 3-4 PM. The performance will include several members of Phil's band, musicians that performed with him, and the two people who coordinated this: The Italy/Chicago collaboration with Dario Lombardo and Delores Scott.
Needless to say we are absolutely thrilled to share the memory of Phil Guy and his music during the largest free Blues festival in the world.
Check back to this website for more information and updates. Also check Phil Guy's my space site (address above).
5th INTERNATIONAL PHIL GUY DAY
Once again, we will be remembering Phil on his birthday and during that week. Phil's birthday is Sunday, April 28, 2013. It's unbelievable to think that it's been 5 years since he passed away. He would be 73 this year. Dario Lombardo and I are asking any and all musicians, friends, family and fans to remember Phil or perform a song or two at your events the week and weekend of Phil's birthday. Please let me know if you can do this and I will put it on the schedule here with a link to your web site. Thank you!
Below are the 2013 Events:
April 20, Dario Lombardo at Il Magazzino di Gilgamesh, Turin, Italy
That day Dario will also release his new CD "The Pop Life Studio Sessions," Volumes 1 & 2. Volume one will be dedicated to Phil's memory, and it will include "Last of the Blues Singers." Volume two will include "Is it Him or Me?" Dario also wrote two songs about and for Phil on the new CD that are very personal to him about Phil. One is titled "Honored Guy" and the other is titled "He's Back."
4th INTERNATIONAL PHIL GUY
Phil would have been 72 years old this April 28, 2012.
Several musicians, friends and fans remembered him and honored him at these events:
April 12, Intro: Dario Lombardo & Andrea Scagliarini Acoustic Blues Duo live at "Sala Agora" Sangano Torinese, (Torino), Italy
April 19th: Dario Lombardo & Friends, "SanTomatoLive," San Tomato, Pistoia, Italy
For the first tie they brought Phil Guy's International Day to Caravan, in Tuscany. Phil played the Pistoia Blues fest, the main on in Italy three times, and that's the town where many musicians turned aroiung the Blues Gang & Model T Boogie Live. Featured musicians: Dario Lombardo, Sergio Montaleni, Antonio Masoni, Daniele Nesi, Mario Marmugi.
April 21st: Delores Scott - Lee's Unleaded - Chicago, IL USA
April 28th : Adrian Flores, Radio Raw Blues, midnight: HORA CERO BLUE SPECIAL. www.radiorawblues.com Navegantes, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil - Adrian dedicated his radio show to Phil. The program was also rebroadcast 12 hours later, noon time in Brazil.
April 28th: Dario Lombardo & the Blues Gang, Model T Boogie Band, plus special guests: II Magazzino di Gilgamesh, Torino, Italia, 10 PM Italy
Phil played with these bands in Italy.
April 28th: Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues
Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, IL
Billy and the band paid special tribute to Phil Guy and his music and mentioned him several times throughout the night.
April 28th: Al Stone, Sullivan's Pub & Eatery
April 29th: Dario Lombardo, Radio Flash 97.6 FM Torino, Italy REWIND: www.radioflash.to (Dario Lombardo & Giancarlo Bertelle's Radio Show, on air every Sunday)
3rd INTERNATIONAL PHIL GUY DAY
We, the friends, family, musicians and Blues community are remembering Phil Guy on April 28, 2011. It would have been his 71st birthday. Dario Lombardo and I (Lisa Mallen) are once again asking musicians to mention Phil, dedicate a song in his memory, or perhaps even include one or two of Phil's songs in your performances anytime during the month of April, and especially on April 28th. Musicians and friends included in this tribute are listed below with their dates and venues. (Also on the tour page.) Please e-mail me if you would like to be included! firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!!!
April 2 - Liberia - Belgravia, Torino Italy
April 9th - Inna Melnikov - Starbucks, 4116 Dempster, Skokie, IL
7 PM - 9 PM
April 16th - Delores Scott, Lee's Unleaded, 7401 S. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60619
April 28th - Dario Lombardo & The Blues Gang, The Original Model T Boogie Band, Monceisio 13/b, Torino, Italy,
9:30 PM - 1:00 AM
April 28th - Steve Arvey, Kojaks Palmetto's Ribhouse, Palmetto, FL
April 28th - Bob Mandarino & Friends will play a jam at the Spot Studio, Schneider, IN,
6 PM - will be broadcast on the net by www.justin.tv/thespotstudio
April 29 - Sugar Blue - Rosa's Lounge, Chicago
Everyone knows he did it all with such passion and determination!!! So we will always make sure that the man we knew and his music will always live on.
"To everything there is a season . . . a time to be born, a time to die." Ecclesiastes: 3:1
Check out this blog from Pittsburgh, PA resident, blues afficionado Mike Rick:
Below are a couple pictures of Phil's headstone at the Homewood Memorial Gardens cemetery in Homewood, IL. As you can see, Buddy Guy and Jeniece Guy did a wonderful job designing it.
photo by Lisa Mallen December 2009
photo by Lisa Mallen August 20, 2009
Regarding Homewood Memorial Gardens, a few other famous people are buried there. They include Blues Musician Frank 'Son' Seals, Pop Musician Jermaine William Stewart, Actor Fred Pinkard, Roller Coaster Designer and Builder John Miller, Major League Baseball Player John Paul Sullivan, and Professional Baseball player Paul Howard 'Dizzy' Trout
The very sad news is that Phil Guy passed away August 20, 2008, from complications of prostate cancer. With no symptoms, other than being tired, he checked in with his doctor, in January 2008. He was adamant about his checkups due to his previous heart problems. He was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. It had already spread to his lungs and bones. It was unbelievable to him and his family and friends, as he was adamant about having his frequent doctor checkups.
This year was an incredibly hard year for him, with the chemotherapy and radiation, but he marched on, and did what he could and what he wanted to do, to bring the blues music and other music to you, his fans, family, friends and musicians.
Phil would want everyone to celebrate not only his own life and music, but also all the blues musicians past and present. He was a humble, genuine man and a wonderfuly talented and brilliant musician who loved his family and who treated everyone the same.
Thank you to all of you who helped Phil get through this last year. LM
(For any of you - men - especially African American men, please get tested for prostate cancer. It is easy and well worth your time. Do this for Phil.)
Check out the cool You TUBE DVD clips on Phil's home page, band page, and music page!!!
Watch Phil's live performances in Chicago and Moscow!!! You Tube video below and on Phil Guy's music page.
Scroll down below to read the recent reviews about Phil and his new CD!
Phil's new CD released 2006:
He's My Blues Brother
Read the recent reviews about Phil Guy and about his new CD:
"What do you get when you cross the sounds of B.B. King, the Rolling Stones, combined with a little bit of Otis Redding and Muddy Waters, and top it off with a good dose of James Brown? Musical fusion at its best is what you get! And that's exactly the eclectic combination of sounds that you'll hear with legendary blues performer, Phil Guy. . . Bottom line, listening to Phil is energetic fun, and a classic blues sound sure to please. . . Although the music industry lost a pioneer this year with the passing of James Brown, and the "I Feel Good" generation, Phil Guy, modeled after the "Godfather of Soul" is someone all ages can and should appreciate."
The Naperville Glancer Magazine, March 2007, vol. 5, issue 15
Celebrity Feature article, Katie Wood
"The first time I heard a stratocaster, Philip Guy was playing one . . . It sounded like somebody threw a coin over thin ice."
Robert Cray quote for 2007 documentary about the fender stratocaster
(click on the News and Links tabs for more info about the documentary)
With his first CD of this decade, Phil Guy proclaims to the world he is the blues. . . It's not just the roots, but what's happening today . . . Throughout the record, Phil's guitar is sharp but laid back, making every note count. . . This is the real blues from the southern levees to downtown Chicago. Phil is not just Buddy's younger brother, he is the blues.
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine Oct./Nov.2006
Buddy Guy's brother, Phil Guy, was a surprise to many; he showed the huge crowd that musical brilliance runs in the family . . .
Blues Wax article 11/02/06 re. Phil's performance at the
2006 San Francisco Blues Festival, Phil Reser
When interviewed by Justin O'Brien for LB 179 (Living Blues magazine), Guy predicted that this record - if he ever got it out - was "gonna be the best one" he'd done. Give it a listen and you'll agree.
Living Blues Magazine
"Phil Guy is classic LB (Living Blues) material . . . week in and week out Phil has played the blues . . . it's what he does."
Living Blues editor, Brett Bonner - July/August 2005
"Phil Guy has one of the most envious careers in the blues. He has toured Africa and ridden the storied Festival Express across Canada as part of the band of his older brother, blues guitarist Buddy Guy."
Hartford Advocate, Wang Dang Doodle, Art Tipaldi, March 2006
Phil Guy is an old school blues man, plain and simple. He walks the walk, talks the talk, and, most importantly, he can rip on the guitar. There are decades of history in those wailing riffs.
Anchorage Press, Casey Grove, October 2006
Phil serves up a heavy dose of his easily identifiable funk induced blues and slashing guitar throughout ten songs he co-wrote . . .Phil is reunited with brother Buddy on the rousing title track where their differing styles - Phil combines multiple funky conglomeration while Buddy performs straight ahead Chicago blues - compliment each other favorably.
Tim Holek - Blues critic and journalist
Click here to Order CD's He's My Blues Brother, Funky Booty, or Say What You Mean
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If you'd like to order Phil's promo CD Mellow Down Easy, He's My Blues Brother, Say What You Mean, or Funky Booty contact:
Read Phil's biography and how he came to this point in his life.
Check out the photo gallery - awesome pictures of Phil with other blues musicians.
Be sure to listen to his song Last of the Blues Singers while viewing the pictures!
Phil Guy performing in Italy:
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**Check out Phil's cool kickin' mule logo on the band page.