Josh Phillips began writing music when he received a Tascam 8 track recorder as a high school graduation gift. Because of this gift he learned more than just practicing scales on his guitar. Instead he learned the importance of layering simple parts to let music do its own thing. Though writing music, Josh never joined a band in seriousness until he met Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band in 2002. Joining the band as a percussionist, Josh soon started playing guitar as well and quickly became one of the band’s main song writers. He’s been playing and touring heavily for the last 4 years with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. And while their sound and energy on stage is unmatched, Josh recently began a solo career as well to get back to his roots and harness a more simple sound that highlights a song and it’s lyrics. Josh is in the studio now recording his first album album with a collective of local Asheville musicians known as the Folk Festival. And also with appearances by the Asheville Horns, Toubab Krewe’s Justin Perkins, Acoustic Syndicate’s Bryan McMurry, Andy John, Andrew Wakefield, and Woody Wood.
“I’ve been writing music for about 7 years now and this is what I love and feel is what I have to offer this world more than anything else. “Music and Love” is a phrase that was one of my first “adult” life epiphones and these two things continue to seem to be what is most important in my life. And with a song you can achieve both. A song is a constant reminder of your ideals at a moment in time, and can also act as solace as anyone else realizes we all deal with similar situations and other people out there understands us. My songs act as roadmaps for me to live my life better and hopefully will help someone else do the same. I always find that even if I start out writing something about someone else in my life, it usually turns out to be just as relevant to a way I wish to live my life. Most important to me is to create a positive environment and capture songs and albums that many will relate to and that will stand the test of time.”