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The Storms Inside

by Brian Douglas Phillips

Haunting mix of folk, rock, country and sweet, sweet lovin' .
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You and Your Secrets
2:35 $0.99
2. Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
4:30 $0.99
3. I Am Yours
4:42 $0.99
4. Come Back To Me
3:58 $0.99
5. Hide It Away
7:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Brian Douglas Phillips sees himself primarily as "a lyricist," but the sweeping, heartbreaking sounds on his latest record suggest that there's much more at work.

In the spring of 2005, Brian released "The Storms Inside," a collection of haunting folk songs packed with chilling lyrics and lonesome melodies. On the five-track EP, Brian whispers the secrets of captive hearts, screams regret for a tongue held and love forgotten, and wrestles with the meaning and morals of art.

"There's a lot of heart in this record," Brian said. "I bled all over those songs. I was shooting for something more vulnerable, and I think I hit it."

"The Storms Inside" was produced by studio veteran Steven Collins, an internationally distributed artist who's production credits include the likes of Doug Burr, Brandon Johnson, Greg Pherigo and Tim Gibbons.

"Working with Steve was a great move," Brian said. "His work has a timeless and ghostly vibe, and that's exactly what these songs needed. He helped expose the soul and the pain on this record."

On "The Storms Inside," Brian breaks from the blues-y pop of 2003's "A Little Gun Shy" and tips his hat to artists like Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams and Wilco.

"'A Little Gun Shy' showcased a different side of my writing," Brian said. "I wanted something commercial at the time, and that's what I got. With 'The Storms Inside,' I wanted something spooked-out and cold, so we recorded in the dead of winter in an all-but-abandoned Texas town, and I wouldn't change a thing."

Since the release of "A Little Gun Shy" in the fall of 2003, Brian has spent his weekends on the road, captivating audiences in coffee shops and college towns with his passionate and charismatic performances. Brian has shared the stage with a number of talented artists, including Bebo Norman, Deadman, Ed Cash, Aaron Watson, Jason Morant, Tara Leigh Cobble and others.

"Sometimes I think I'm most honest on stage," Brian said. "It sounds off, but performing draws out the truth. There's something spiritual and mysterious about music that allows me to bare my soul and scream my secrets. I know I'm human, and I know people have been where I've been. If I can help articulate those experiences and feelings, I've done my job."

- 07/05



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Ren (Lauren) Lewis

Fab! It's tastey! I like it!
This CD is fab! It's got, but not limited to, a down homey, earthy, makes you wanna get up and two step, kind a feel at times. It's tastey! I like it!It makes me want to build Brian a cake or something.


Haunting indeed
This CD is a departure, in my opinion, from the uptempop of his previous album as he's growing up as an artist. This is moodier, darker, and wholly more substantial than the previous go. After a few listens, I gained an appreciation for sweeping vocals and chilling melodies, particularly "You and Your Secrets." Overall, an admirable EP. Get it.

Lacey Lewis

Incredible-sweet-sweeter than a quesadilla-eating lama!
Heck yeah! That cd is sweet! It's incredible! Sweeter than a delicious bass! That Brian guy has some major music skills! Yesssssssssss! Lacey

Ms. Leah

Fantastic CD - recommended buy!
I bought this CD the first time I heard Brian perform. “Hide it Away” is my favourite song. The lyrics are so plaintive and chimes/bells add an eerie quality. This is definitely one of my better impulse buys!