Phil has been living in Nashville since 1994, where he writes songs, plays guitar, sings background vocals, and engineers and produces recording sessions at his studio Nickel City Music as well as running Nickel City Publishing.
In 1999 he produced and recorded the critically acclaimed “Ain’t No Stranger” CD by former Sea Level guitarist Jimmy Nalls. This CD features appearances by Chuck Leavell, Wayne Jackson, Mike Henderson, Jack Pearson, Lee Roy Parnell, and T. Graham Brown. The album was nominated for best Blues Album by The Nashville Music Awards (The Nammies) and The Music City Blues Society. He and Nalls also teamed up to produce 2 albums for Rick Moore & The Mr. Lucky Band.
With Nashville luminary Harry Stinson, Phil co-produced the release “I’d Like To Be The Man...” by singer/songwriter Michael McGrew.
In 2002 he worked with legendary bass player, Bob Moore on a big band project that saw the likes of Boots Randolph, Bill Purcell and “Ranger Doug” Green of “Riders In The Sky”.
Phil’s songs have been recorded by Lisa Brokop, Jimmy Nalls, T. Graham Brown, Rick Moore, Michael McGrew, Billy McKewen, Dave Duncan, Danny Mack and Yvonne Schmidt. In 2007 his song, “Ain’t No Stranger to The Blues” was used in the movie “L.A. Blues” starring Anthony Michael Hall and Dave Foley and George Wendt.
He has been a member of T. Graham Brown’s band since 2003 with appearances at The Grand Ole Opry and “Opry Live” on GAC. “The Wildhorse Saloon”, “The Trap”, The Bluebird Cafe”, The Ryman Auditorium, Fan Fair, GAC Classic w/Bill Cody, and “Tennessee Mornings” with Charlie Chase & Kellie Sutton. He also recorded and co-produced Brown’s 2007 release “The Present”.
In the Summer of 2008, he worked with Adroit Records President and Producer Jim Tract on the “Words & Music” album which features Vince Melamed, Lisa Carver and 8 other amazing songwriters on this highly regarded compilation.
In September of 2000 Phil was inducted into The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame; an honor he shares with Rick James, The Goo Goo Dolls, Grover Washington Jr., 10,000 Maniacs, Ani DiFranco, Harold Arlen and Spyro Gyra to name just a few.