Hack Musician / Golfer
- Aug 2, 2017
- Reaction score
- Trenton, Illinois, USA
I've had the privilege of meeting Phil. When I worked for St. Louis Music, we had him play one year at our annual sales meeting / Xmas party. He was a Crate endorser back then. In addition to just being a great guy, he's a phenomenal guitar player. One of the coolest things he did was told us story about how much he loved the Beatles growing up, and what an influence they were on him. While he was telling us the story, he was playing several weird melody lines into a multi-sampler foot pedal, as well as some muted string noises and pick clicks. When he finished and played it back, it sounded oddly familiar. Then, he reversed the playback ... and it was an entire Beatles song. He'd played the whole thing part by part backwards, even the drum parts, while he was talking to us. We had a lot of really cool artists play for us over the years, but Phil Keaggy stands out the most to me.Not a musician myself but when I was a young man I had a friend that started a rock band in Youngstown Ohio called the Glass Harp. Phil Keaggy was the lead guitar player and would have become a rock legend had it not been for his mother passing away suddenly. Phil dropped out of rock but couldn't give up the guitar and as a result of personal tragedy and support he got from Christian friends he got deeply into Christian music and was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007
I'm including a link for you guitar players and other appreciators of talent. I feel privileged to have know and gone to school with these guys in the 60's.
And just so you know, Phil is a legend among all the guitar players I know, rock or otherwise.