Phil Gates was born in Chicago Ill., into a family of musicians that helped
form his music style, and ability. Phil is a multi-instrumentalist starting at age
7 with Violin, then Clarinet, Drums, and finally teaching himself guitar,
which quickly became his favorite. The expressiveness of electric guitar, and
slide guitar became musical cornerstones for Phil. Early Influences for Phil
were Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Roy Buchanan, Jimi Hendrix, Shuggie
Otis, Rory Gallagher and Johnny Winter.
Phil began playing professionally at age 18, touring with various projects
performing at both clubs and large venues in over fifteen countries.
Phil has shared the stage and worked with great Blues artists such as Buddy
Guy, John Mayall, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Janiva Magness, John
Nemeth, Kenny Neal, Eric Gales, and others.
Phil is an avid advocate for the Blues both as a Blues Artist, and behind the
scenes having founded the Los Angeles Blues Society, and is a Voting
Member for the Grammys for Blues Categories. He has been a valued judge
for multiple years for the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge
(IBC) in Memphis, TN and also at the “King of the Blues” competition in
Phil has performed literally all over the world playing his style of Blues
infused guitar work into everything he does.
“Phil Gates is a unique singing, writing and instrumental voice in the blues, his
outsized talent dwarfing the accomplishments of lesser lights. Exemplifying every
virtue of traditional and contemporary blues, he has broken out with a modern
Dave Rubin, KBA recipient in Journalism