Phil Heywood is a fingerstyle guitarist with a bluesy swing and a bucketful of whatever it is that helps a performer turn an instrumental piece into an arresting lyrical narrative. His lucid playing encompasses the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi John Hurt or Leadbelly, and the sheer fluidity and flair of Leo Kottke. The internationally renowned Kottke, in fact, once handpicked Heywood to tour and perform duets with him. A soul-grabbing instrumentalist, Phil draws listeners in with his voice as well, singing in a warm, plainspoken style that blends smoothly with his rock-solid guitar work.
Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-eighties, performing locally and regionally while gradually establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. He is the 1986 National Fingerpicking Champion, and the winner of the 1987 American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition, an event judged by some of the top players in this field. In addition to his performances with Leo Kottke, Phil has played with Chet Atkins on NPR¹s A Prairie Home Companion, performed with fellow acoustic guitar luminaries Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Harvey Reid, and opened shows for such artists as Norman Blake, Greg Brown, John Renbourn, and Robin and Linda Williams. What Music Reviews Quarterly said when Local Joe came out holds true for all three albums: "Acoustic guitar fans should consider this recording a must-have."
2001, Atomic Theory Records
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1996, Atomic Theory Records
1990, Atomic Theory Records
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