Phil is a 27 year old all occasion Pedal steel / Dobro player, following in his father's footsteps. His father is Kenny Baker. Phil combines over 15 years learning experience and 4 years part time performing, incorporating modern day techniques and methods.
He started playing lap steel at the age of 10, by the time he was 12 he was busking and street performing. Phil then pursued Pedal steel at the age of 13 and at the age of 15 he appeared in a guest spot with Paul Gibbs country band in 1992.
Throughout school and apprenticeship years he continued to study technique incorporating C6 jazz and swing styles.
Year 2000 Phil commenced performing with Korey Livy which has seen 4 years of successful duo, trio and band performances. He has performed in various guest spots with Megan Carswell, Swing Ranch and has also donated time to local country music clubs.
Phil’s developing career includes highlights such as his ’03 Tamworth debut with Korey Livy and the Australian Tim McGraw tribute show and his first appearance at the 2004 Brisbane steel guitar festival.
Phil’s pedal steel of choice is his custom modified Sho-Bud D10 – 8 floor pedals / 11 knee levers.
Phil is a sincere and dedicated player who shows excellent dexterity and a well educated understanding of his instrument. A passionate instrumentalist who will enhance every aspect of any live stage performance.
Musical Influences – Feral Swing Katz, Aussie country, Dixie Chicks, Dire Straits, Desert Rose Band Steel Inspirations – Buddy Emmons, Paul Franklin, Kenny Baker (dad ), Michel Rose, Don Curtis Instrument abilities – Sho-Bud D10 8×11, Dobro, Lapsteel, Fender triple 8string, Slide guitar.
Ambitions – become a well respected successful live and session musician in Australia. – attend and perform at St. Louis Steel guitar convention in U.S.A.