Reflections in Blues

"Parade is one of those things that I have a hard time finding words to describe. All I know for certain is that I really enjoyed it. A superb musician and master wordsmith, armed with a voice that is haunting. Like Picasso with his paints and brushes, Phillippe paints vivid pictures with his music and lyrics."

MICHAEL DOHERTY'S MUSIC LOG

PARADE - "This is bluesy folk, with some jazzy elements as well, giving it a very cool, laid-back sound and vibe, like a late night or early morning in New Orleans, when most people have gone to bed or passed out, but there are still things to be said, things to be felt and expressed for those strange denizens of pre-dawn dealings, that half-light of farewells and possibilities." 

Minor 7th Online Music Reviews

"If young Tom Waits grew up in the Mississippi Delta, developed a fascination for the New Orleans vibe as well as the classic bluesmen from the region, he may have evolved into present-day Bill Phillippe as he emerges on his most recent CD, Parade."

Bman's Blues Report

"This is not your typical blues release...in fact, not sure it's a typical release at all, but it's interesting. In a cool followup to 2014's Ghosts, Phillippe set new roads in a sensuous and unconventional way."

Blues Bytes

"listeners may be reminded of Waits’ musical style while listening to Parade, in the way that Phillippe approaches the blues. He’s not bound by traditions or norms, choosing to add musical elements in ways not usually heard (or even thought of) by most blues fans. It’s an approach that works wonders and deserves to be heard."

Don and Sheryl's bluesblog

"Bill Phillippe continues to bring a fresh, avant-garde perspective to the blues, using visionary instrumentation to convey the message that life is a “Parade,” so let’s all embrace it!"

Flying Shoes

PARADE - "This is one for all the vintage Leonard Cohen fans"

The Morton Report

"No one else right now sounds quite like this, and isn't likely to anytime soon. It's like a cross of the Mississippi Delta with Mississippi Street in Potrero Hill"

The Rocker

PARADE - "All the songs sound like they’ve been plucked from a time machine, and brought to life in the modern world. It's really rather good, as it takes a sidestep into a world inhabited by clarinets, accordions and dimly lit, illegal after hours clubs. An incredibly atmospheric piece of work. A round of applause for everyone involved."

Rootstime

PARADE - "Bill Phillippe is taking the next step. A clarinet, an accordion and an upright bass help him creating an unique, often somewhat melancholic atmosphere, which is needed to let this Parade succeed"

The Rock Doctor

PARADE - "Phillippe has created a haunting sound that feels like it’s from another time and place, and it’s a trip."

Blues Blast Magazine

"Bill Phillippe offers up an outstanding serving of traditional country blues in this tastefully conceived CD,"

Reflections in Blue

"This album is interesting and beautiful on so many levels. Singer/songwriter, bluesman, folksinger, gospel singer and storyteller extraordinaire, Phillippe's work is a very diverse blending of styles for a sound that has a lot of that somewhat haunting sound that is common in the Mississippi delta. Like the travelling minstrel of old, he sings songs not only from his wells of experience but those tunes he has found himself relating to over the years."

Smokey Mountain Blues Society

"If you are a finger picker, or lover of that music, this is a great new CD to add to your collection. His fresh ideas, and takes on the old classics ring with a love of yesteryear, and a love of keeping it alive today."

Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Stripped down and earthy, his playing is impassioned".

Blues Matters

"Bill allows time and space to thread it’s way deliciously in between the ephemeral acoustic passages. Recommended!"

USA Today ONLINE

"San Francisco-based bluesman Phillippe evokes the spirit of the turn-of-the-century Mississippi Delta musical landscape on the appropriately titled Ghosts."

Blues in Britain

"Phillippe possesses a clean, precise and melodic guitar sound that perfectly complements his laidback and smokey vocals".

Midwest Record

"this cat comes on like the real deal. As long as you like music that colors outside the lines, this is sure to drive you nuts"

Cashbox Music Reviews

"It is an excellent listen for anyone in touch with the heritage of the blues. Rating: ***1/2"

Rootstime

"For lovers of Mississippi Hurt or Blind Willie Johnson, stripped acoustic fingerpicking blues guitar, this is an absolute "must", highly recommended!"

Blues in the Northwest

"close enough to the original to ensure Bill conjures up Po’ Bob’s troubled spirit, yet individual enough to demonstrate that he also has ideas of his own."

Don and Sheryls Blues Blog

"you’d swear he grew up in the Mississippi Delta. His latest release is entitled “Ghosts,” and consists of a mix of thirteen originals and covers, that shows how deep his passion runs for the pre-WWII Delta masters."

Minor 7th

"Phillippe really shines on his own compositions. And I'd love to hear more"

Blues News - German Publication

"I hear Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb's montone bass and Junior Kimbroughs Mississippi Juke Joint blues in Phillippe's playing"

Cry of the Coyote - French Publication

"A CD not to be missed"

Blues - French Publication

"An album not to be missed", HEART rating (the TOP rating)!

La Hora Del Blues - Barcelona, Spain

"Bill does a true sorcery in every song where he evokes all Delta ghosts."