Phil Circle

by Phil Circle

Released 2003
Guilt By Association Records
Released 2003
Guilt By Association Records
Solo acoustic guitar and voice for the poetic mind. "Hauntingly beautiful" - Cityview
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About Phil Circle

His work with the crossover band Guilty brought reviewer words like "rocks," "first rate" and "visionary" to describe his songwriting. In The Mix Magazine said, "If the United States has anything to offer to the world stage of music, music like this is it." With nine years of booking, managing, producing, and writing for Guilty now behind him, he moves in new musical directions.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Phil Circle arrived back in Chicago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than a decade ago and jumped into the local music scene. Within a few years, a degree in music under his belt and countless live performances behind him, he founded Guilty. Based in the roots of rock, jazz and blues, and comprising a line-up of as many as eleven members, the group was a juggernaut. Male and female vocals, guitars, horns, drums and percussion, and even fiddle brought to life a band with multiple personalities.

They recorded a studio CD in 1997 called Extenuating Circumstances; two live releases, one on WZRD Radio, a second unreleased at The Hard Rock Café; and with four unreleased studio tracks from 2001, and then Guilty broke up.

In 2003, Circle recorded this album in several studios. Every track was recorded live and solo with only a couple tracks receiving any overdubbing. Some of this material had been waiting for a place to be heard after being set aside by the full band effort. Some of the material grew out of the months after Guilty ended.

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