Friday 18 Apr

Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
Home · Articles · Music · Music · Bo knows

Bo knows

After teaching Red Dirt’s Stoney LaRue the guitar, sibling Bo Phillips is ready to make a name for himself. It already sounds sweet.

Joshua Boydston November 16th, 2011

Bo Phillips
9 p.m. Friday
Wormy Dog Saloon
311 E. Sheridan

7 p.m. Sunday
Grady's 66 Pub
444 W. Main, Yukon

Bo Phillips is a good country songwriter and performer, but he might be an even better teacher.

The Oklahoma State University grad turned high school ag teacher turned professional musician considers his little brother as his star pupil.

“I taught him to play guitar while we were growing up,” Phillips said of his star sibling, Stoney LaRue. “We grew up real poor, and the guitar became our coolest toy in the world. We just took off from there.”

LaRue never put down the guitar, but three jobs and a heavy school load forced Phillips to put music on the back burner. Juggling duties as a teacher by day and bouncer by night, Phillips landed a gig hosting karaoke at a Stillwater bar, and it soon became his path back onto the saddle when his between-set original music became the big attraction.

He opted to ditch the teaching job, with no regrets.

“You wake up in the morning and realize you want to do what you love, not what you like,” Phillips said. “It’s been a passion of mine for all my life. Rather than looking back when I was old, we decided to just roll with it.”

The chance has paid its dividends, with Phillips making his way down the path his younger brother traversed years back. He released his debut album, “Dirt Road,” last year, followed by this month’s “Fishin’ with Grandpa.”

“You have your whole life to write your first hit song and 18 to write your next one,” Phillips said. “However, I actually found it easier to write these new songs, and it’s because I had an iPhone. I had a notebook and a recorder right there. I was able to come up with the kernel of the song, write it down and revisit it later. ... I never lost anything.”

He’ll finish the year with a slew of Oklahoma dates — including this weekend’s metro pair — before striking out into Nebraska, Kansas and Texas in support of “Fishin’,” which has garnered positive reviews from fans and critics … for a good reason.

“I’m 6’5” and 250, so I don’t get a lot of bad news,” Phillips said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things. I think it’s going to be a great year.”

Listen to Bo at his MySpace page.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5