New Orleans’ bluesman E.J. Phillips has released his latest CD entitled I’ll Never Forget. Backed by E.J.’s talented Electric Blues Band and recorded live at Bourbon Street’s Sing Sing Club, the title song describes Phillips’ experiences during Hurricane Katrina.
E.J. narrowly survived the costliest storm to ever hit the United States and his family was uprooted for more than two years. He’s happy to be back on Bourbon Street where he’s been playing the blues, funk and reggae for more than 25 years.
I’ll Never Forget features 10 lively covers from some of the most influential musicians in E.J.’s life—Muddy Waters, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix.
E.J. grew up the third of six children in New Orleans’ Desire Housing Project during an exciting time—the 1960s. When he was 15 years old, he overheard a neighbor playing Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced album. It changed his life.
He picked up a guitar and was soon putting on concerts in the courtyard. “When I was 20, I would come home from work, eat dinner and practice for four hours a night,” he recalls.
In the early 80s, Phillips played lead guitar for ska band The Sweat Socks and the punk band Disappointed Parents. In 1983, E.J. formed his distinctive Electric Blues Band and has been a fixture ever since.
His latest CD is available on-line at http://www.cdbaby.com. For more information, contact Jim Karshner at Abovefold2000@aol.com or by calling 517.896.2004.