In Memoriam, Brewer Phillips

Excerpt From:
Boston Blues Week
in conjunction week with
Blues Trust Productions

September 23-30, 1999

Boston Blues Festival
September 25 & 26th at MDC Hatch Shell

About the Artists for Sunday, September 26th
In Memoriam, Brewer Phillips

In Memorium, Brewer Phillips who sadly passed away at home in Chicago on Aug. 30, 1999, will be honored posthumously at the festival.  Originally scheduled to play at the Hatch Shell today, his Lifetime Achievement Award will be sent to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi for display.  He will be honored at the festival during the Brewer Phillips Memorial Jam.  Along with bandmates Hound Dog Taylor and Ted Harvey, the House Rockers were the first band to record for Chicago’s Alligator Records.  Born on a plantation in Coila, Mississippi, he learned guitar from Memphis Minnie. Before moving to Chicago he worked in Memphis, recording with pianist Roosevelt Sykes.  Phillips had the unusualy role in the houserockers of alternating between basslines, rhythm and lead in a band with no bass player.  Since Hound Dog Taylor’s death in 1975, he had worked with Lil, Ed, J.B. Hutto and Cub Koda.