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The Spiral Kings / Bio

Phil is currently guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer at Peach Street Palace for Eschaton Records.

Phil began performing at the early age of 13 while residing in northern California. In addition to filling in on drums for his dad's jazz band, he started his first rock band and performed at middle school dances playing the guitar and singing vocals.

Phil moved to Medford Oregon in 1970 with his parents and in no time hooked up with local musicians to perform at High School dances in and around southern Oregon.

In 1975, Phil's local southern Oregon band, AROSA, performed as opening acts for KISS, LESLIE WEST, HARVEY MANDEL and STATUS QUO.

In 1978, Phil and his wife Melissa, moved to Portland Oregon with Phil's new band, "HIP POCKET". Phil played the Portland club circuit for over ten years before returning to southern Oregon.

Bassist and vocalist Mike "Strider" Varley, has been thump'in the universe for over 30 yrs with his humble begining with a garage band in Utah to sharing the stage with the likes of Waylon & Willie, Hank Thompson, and Charlie Pride.

Mike's style is highly influenced by the melodic rock'in bass lines of Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce,and many others in the rock, jazz, blues genre.

Drummer, percussionist and vocalist Norman Goodnough began performing at the age of 10 in southern Oregon. Norm began traveling the country circuit at the age of 14 playing for the bands Free Country and Jacks Blue Grass Band as well as filling in for the Blue Lake Express. After high school norm took time off to start a family and spent time teaching new drummers how to play.

Norm returned to the music seen in 2000 joining the The John Sargent Band. In 2006 Norm joined the alternative rock band Running With Scissors. In 2009, norm joined up with The Spiral Kings.

General Info

Band Members
Phil (g-daddio) Cox - Guitar & Vocals, Mike Varley - Bass & Vocals, & Norman Goodnough - Drums & Vocals
Artist Name
The Spiral Kings
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Blues / Cosmic Originals

Contact Info

Medford, OR