Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock, Roots


band members

Rory Phillips


Influences

Joe Walsh, The Eagles, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Jason Isbell, Bill Chambers, Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, Fanny Lumsden, Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine, Henry Wagons, William Crighton


Bio

With a deep love of music flowing through his veins from a very early age, Rory Phillips is not your average 14-year-old. Even his musical tastes and influences don’t fit the mould of a usual teenager and after flicking through his eclectic playlist, you could be forgiven for mistaking him as a child of the seventies. In fact, most who meet him describe him as an “old soul”, a badge he wears with pride.

Rory considers himself a musician first, a singer/songwriter second, although he seems to have quite the gift for both. Finding inspiration in what he knows, Rory has co-penned songs about life on the road, his future aspirations and the issues he sees in the world today. His debut EP, Cars and Guitars, (2017) enjoyed radio airplay across the country and overseas, with the title track being named a finalist in the 2018 Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards for Contemporary Song of the Year. He is also the youngest ever member of iconic Australian band, The Bushwackers, and performed as part of ARIA winner, Fanny Lumsden's band, The Pack, at her fallow album launch in Tooma.

Having first stepped onto a stage at age seven, Rory has already achieved more than most and has his sights set high for the future. A gifted musician, Rory is most comfortable with a guitar in his hands, but has been steadily building his skill-set with the addition of mandolin, bass, harmonica and drums. Musically, he sits anywhere in the realm of blues, alt-country, folk or rock, depending on the situation and mood, and aside from his dynamic playing, most say it is his confidence and stage presence which sets him apart from his peers. Bill Chambers (father of Kasey Chambers) has described Rory as “always displaying a professional enthusiasm way beyond his years, and definitely has a way with an audience” and is just one of a long list of industry heavyweights to have invited Rory to share the stage with him over the years.