Producer, composer, musician, singer Phil Madeira has made a life for himself in the arts. Whether writing songs for artists like Alison Krauss and Garth Brooks, touring with Emmylou Harris, or playing any number of instruments on hundreds of records, Phil is no stranger to creativity.
Madeira’s associations are varied and deep. He is a member of Emmylou Harris’ band The Red Dirt Boys, putting him an elite group of amazing bands that the legendary Ms Harris is known for assembling. He has recorded and performed with hundreds of artists including The iconic Civil Wars, Buddy Miller, jazz legend John Scofield, Amy Grant, Keb’ Mo’, Mavis Staples, Mumford and Sons, and young heart throbs The Band Perry.
Phil has written and produced 2 volumes of Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, featuring singers Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Civil Wars, John Scofield, Shawn Mullins, The Lone Bellow, The McCrary Sisters, Buddy Miller and other high profile artists. The project of new spirituals was created to offset what Madeira and his collaborators believed to be a toxic gospel, touted by warmongers and hate wagers.
The reviews are in on Phil’s Mercyland project:
“Gorgeously lyrical” – The Nashville Scene
“Exquisitely produced”- Folk Alley
“Every human being on the planet should
listen to this and take heed …” – Maverick, UK
Phil has 3 recent solo projects- PM, Motorcyle, and Original Sinner. Introspective and dark, Madeira trawls the river of life and comes up with a very human string of pearls. Loss, the blues, brokenness, and a little hope thrown in make for a compellingly real record.
As if writing songs isn’t enough, Madeira is a published author with his spiritual memoir from Jericho Books, God On The Rocks: Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith.
Phil appears in Nashville regularly at the world famous Station Inn, holding court with an amazing array of musicians and guest singers.
A Phil Madeira performance is a rich experience, as Phil weaves stories and song with masterful musicianship, whether he appears as a soloist or with a backing band. His masterful guitar playing will take you from the Delta blues to Hillbilly Heaven with nods to Bob Dylan and George Gershwin en route. Phil is funny, poignant, direct, and at times jarring- and always entertaining.