The Promise - EP

Freddie Phillips

Vulnerable songwriting explores the difficulties and hopes of a husband and father.

Being a husband and dad has brought me the most joy in life. It has also revealed the many ways I'm broken at a level I wasn't prepared to accept. Ignoring pain led to medicating with alcohol. This habit grew from something I could manage into something I couldn't, and it could have cost me everything. Even if I could avoid a catastrophic scenario, I was missing out on a time in life that I'll only have once--my children's younger years. I was blowing it. I couldn't wait to get them to bed so I could sit down by myself and drink. These songs were written during the struggle to get healthy. May we all get angry enough to fight for the best life for ourselves and those we love.

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The Bel Air Sessions

Freddie Phillips

It's like Old Crow Medicine Show showed up halfway through Springsteen's recording of Nebraska.

These songs were written and recorded in the early 2000s (when I was in my early twenties), before I was married and long before I had children. These songs cover a lot of ground: the thrill of a new relationship, the pain of a relationship running its course, thoughts on the death of my grandfather, encouragement for a younger brother who was to become a father sooner than planned, getting cleaned out at a Mississippi casino, and the earliest realization that I had a drinking problem.

Most of the tracks are sparse, featuring mostly acoustic guitar with some harmonica and banjo in places.

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