Topanga Canyon based songwriter Philip Boone has a vulnerable tenor voice that is nicely matched with his knack for melody and story telling. His new album "A Light and A Line" falls under the Americana umbrella, ranging from quiet, acoustic folk songs to over-driven country-rock.
Indie Folk singer/songwriter Philip Boone lures his audience into a space for honest reflection with intricate melodic phrasing, warm tones, and soft sweeping vocals. Boone was raised in Dallas, Texas and took with him his roots in folk country and classic rock. He currently resides in Topanga Canyon in Southern California, the same mountains that inspired and protected Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell. And from these mountains he creates a soulful, heartfelt harmony.
Boone is an introverted and soft spoken individual yet writing songs allows him the chance to say the things he wouldn’t dare in conversation. And this voice sings with profound intimacy. Boone’s voice is often mentioned as a highlight in reviews. As Stephen Carradini from Independent Clauses writes, “the vocals simply shine throughout; in a genre where the telling of the thing is everything, Boone knows how to deliver a melody and a story.”
Boone has a knack for writing from an honest point of vulnerability while using relatable ambiguity to touch on striking elements of the human condition. He paid attention to his primary influences Dylan, Young, and Prine. In 2006, Boone released his first solo album titled “Cannons and Bells.” An acoustic album recorded at home in his bedroom in Austin, Texas, the charm of this record is in the harmonic blend of voice and guitar. In 2007, “Cannons and Bells” was featured in Paste Magazine’s Paste Recommends.
In March 2013, Philip Boone released his second album of songs, titled “A Light and A Line.” This record features his band, plus special guests Greg Rogove (of Devendra Banhart, Megapuss, and Priestbird) on drums and Noah Georgeson as mixing engineer (with credits from The Strokes, Devendra Banhart, and Mason Jennings), and has been met with very positive reviews. An excerpt from a review by Leicester Bangs reads, “his style, a mix of '70s west coast hippie groove and classic cosmic country certainly has a deal in common with various ex-inhabitants of the area, including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and Little Feat - together with the latest wave of Los Angeles musicians, best exemplified by Jonathan Wilson and Beachwood Sparks.”
Philip Boone is gaining notoriety, performing regularly in Los Angeles, including the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, The Malibu Inn, Room 5 and Molly Malones.
A Light and A Line - LP - released 03/19/13
Cannons and Bells - LP - released 10/06/06
Nowhere To Be Found
If I Told You
Meet Me in the Middle
Hey No Sir
Love Looks Good On You
In the Meantime
Asking the Wind