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Phillip-Michael Scales

Part of Blast Furnace Blues

Friday, July 22 · view days & times
Venue: Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square

FREE

As a kid, Phillip-Michael Scales didn’t understand what it meant that his aunt’s close friend, the guitar player who called him “Nephew” and he called “Uncle B,” was actually B.B. King. When it did become clear, as Phillip-Michael began playing guitar, he decidedly shied away from soloing and most things blues. Instead, he fell in love with songwriting when an English teacher told him “A great writer can make their reader identify with anyone.” The trouble was he couldn’t find his story in the bl ues. With a fierce independent streak and a passion for performing, Scales fronted his own indie bands, wrote and recorded his own music, and worked to make a name for himself on his own terms. All the while, his “Uncle B” just smiled a knowing smile and encouraged him to “stay with it.”

As Phillip-Michael began to discover “the blues” in his private and personal life, their relationship grew closer. It wasn’t until “Uncle B” passed away, that Scales began incorporating more of the blues into his music. “These days I’m finding more of my story in the blues. A lot has led me here between politics, my identity, and the idea of Legacy.” The result is a sound he calls “Dive Bar Soul” which takes a bit of indie rock storytelling and couples it with the passion of the blues

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Highmark Blue Shield Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-297-7100
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