While playing in musical projects ranging from a barbershop chorus to Christian metal band “Steel Faith”, to singing harmonies with Tom Landa in “Small House Stories” in hometown Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kevin Phillips began writing his own songs. Predictably starting with a terrible broken-hearted song about a girl and fairly quickly followed up with not quite as terrible songs about the world around him, he recognized the suck, but felt the twinge of possibility…. and began writing every day.
He moved to BC and playing bass for a while with bluegrass band “Rocky Mountain Boys” and then guitar, accordion, and whistles with celtic band “Smell The Sea”, then playing bass with friends in “Madflower”, and many other projects. After writing lots more terrible songs, he started occasionally writing fairly decent songs, and after a while, sometimes even a song that he wouldn’t mind other people hearing.
With some time behind the pen and some more time behind his guitar, he soon found his voice as a singer/songwriter and started putting some of his songs out in front of people with a side project that took it’s name from the mud-flap of a truck: “Redhead Mack” . When other people started saying nice things about his songs and his voice, he was hooked.
After a move to Calgary, Alberta, “Redhead Mack” became his main musical focus. As much as he liked (and still likes) the ego massage of kind words from others, it’s the interaction between singer and listener - that shared and unifying experience that has been the draw to the stage, and the catalyst to keep writing, practicing, and performing.
In Kevin’s words:
“As much fun as it is to rock a huge room full of people, there is nothing as satisfying as watching someone truly connect to a song… their face turns to the stage, they go quiet for a moment, they smile, cry, nod… and they feel like someone gets them. Playing from the stage, so do I. We are united by the music. Don’t get me wrong… I’d still love to play some stadiums if the opportunity arose, but connection is the draw.”