My name is Barry Phillips and I have always had a love for Hawaiian music. About 1960 a player called Rob E G played a lap steel on the Australian TV show called Bandstand. This inspired me to go and search for a music teacher and that is how i met Sid Downs (a Hall of Fame recipient) from the Qld College Of Music. After a few months of lessons on the lap steel he asked me to put down a track to advertise the college on the 4KQ radio show. I put down Harbour Lights backed by The Hawaiian Islanders and this run on the radio for some time. I then played at the Beachcomber Hotel to fill in on a Sunday night with the Hawaiian Islanders band and this was the start of my playing history.
I then joined a band called The Silvertones playing country and dance music in the Clubs and pubs in and around Brisbane for many years. I worked in many bands -The Silvertones – Middle Road County – Midnight Express – Hard Livin' Country -Border Line – I did a lot of playing with John McSweeney in the early days and backed many artists in clubs and pubs. One of the artists that I backed was Troy Cassar Daley and Lauren on my Pedal Steel GuitarI at a show; this was a buzz for me. Tony Wagner, a very popular Country artist also gave me a lot of work doing his shows as well. I also play Dobro and a Sho Bud Pedal Steel. I have played with the Redlands Bluegrass Boys at the Redlands Bluegrass Festivals. I did some recording in studios for artists as well.
I have now retired from playing out in bands and now only play at home and sometimes at the Brisbane Steel Club monthly meeting. My You Tube site is on the club Menu to display some of my playing. I will keep playing steel as I have enjoyed the journey. http://www.youtube.com/user/bazza346