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Rearview Mirror

by Phil Christie

An easy blend of folk, Americana, and rock, the songs reveal a unifying theme of looking back and reflecting on love lost, love won, dreams unfulfilled and those dreams that may still yet come true.
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1. Rearview Mirror
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2. Montreal
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3. Echo
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4. Broken Angel
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5. You Got It
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6. Steal Away
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7. Otherwise Engaged
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8. One World
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9. Random Acts Of Kindness
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10. Me & My Guitar
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Album Notes
The last song Phil Christie wrote for his new CD became its title and is the one that most defined it. Rearview Mirror with its images of “looking back and reflecting on love lost, love won, dreams unfulfilled and those dreams that may still yet come true” are a unifying thread throughout the recording’s ten tracks. The songs’ rich tones and storylines are enhanced by Doug Lancio’s (Patty Griffin, Gretchen Peters) atmospheric guitar style, Barry Walsh’s (Gretchen Peters) piano work and Bryn Davies on cello giving it touches of folk, Americana, country and rock.

Produced by Christie at Nashville’s County Q Studios, where he recorded his 2002 Summerstown CD, he was also joined by Steve Sheehan on acoustic guitar, Paul Scholten on drums and percussion, Mike Joyce on bass and Perry Coleman on background vocals.

A native of Canada, Christie’s “Montreal” appropriately follows the CD’s title track. He was influenced by one of the country’s most respected singer/songwriters Gordon Lightfoot as well as such notable artists as Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and John Denver, and scored his own radio success in the ‘80s before making his way to Los Angeles in 1995. An Indian remembrance ceremony for Christie’s wife’s late Grandmother Bettymae Swan led to the song “Echo” about the imprint someone leaves behind and tells the love story of Jesse Rudolph and Swan. Christie comments, “The ceremony stayed with me for a long time as I had never attended something so moving, so bound to the earth in its allusions to the spirit and nature.” “Broken Angel” was written for Wendy Soderman who, with her husband Kris, built the highly successful Ideal School in Florida for their twin boys, one who has cerebral palsy. Wanting them to live normal lives and not finding a school that greeted them both with open arms the song expresses Wendy’s story and the day to day life of what a caregiver has to face “while trying to find hope against all odds.” “One World” and “Random Acts of Kindness” are the songwriter’s heartfelt statements about the state of the world. “Me and My Guitar” brings the CD full circle about how “three chords and a simple melody opened up my heart and set me free.”

Phil Christie’s Summerstown CD received airplay on over 200 country and folk stations worldwide including, Japan, Spain, Australia, and France and earned such critical praise as: “Exceptional…it’s one I wished I’d produced” – Milt Okun; “Cream rises to the top and so has Christie.” – Acoustic Scene Magazine. The track “Skeleton,” written for the Jacks or Better soundtrack has also been a semi-regular feature of KLOS FM radio personality Jim Ladd’s Headsets and the song “Mother’s Day” was a 2005 Billboard World Song Contest finalist.

Prior to recording Summerstown Christie played a tribute show to the late John Denver where he met producer Milt Okun, who later referred him to the music supervisor for the CBS TV movie biopic about Denver’s life. Christie auditioned and was selected with Jim Curry to recreate and record the Chad Mitchell Trio tracks featured in the film.

Since the release of Summerstown Christie has also performed at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Kerrville Folk Festival where he was a New Folk Finalist in 2002 and received the same honor at the 2004 South West Florida Folk Festival.

Rearview Mirror will be released to radio nationally and internationally in June 2008 followed by appearances at folk venues and festivals around the country



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International Acoustic Music Awards

Featured Artist - July 2008
Songwriter Phil Christie shines with his song “Rearview Mirror”, with beautiful lyrical imagery and Contemporary Folk production and songwriting. His new Album also named “Rearview Mirror” has just been released. Fans of David Wilcox and Gordon Lightfoot will appreciate his music. This artist is one to watch.

Chris Spector

Midwest Record
Back in the heydays of James Taylor and Jackson Browne, there were second tier singer/songwriters that a lot of people liked more that were highly influential and very talented but just didn’t have that something that put them over the top. Christie is in the mold of those musical soldiers that felt more like a pal than an unreachable star, who didn’t drop the hits but left you with something more lasting. Think comparing Fred Neil to James Taylor. With some highly talented pals that know the ropes bringing home the sound, Christie’s tales of every day life are sure to ring a bell when you are looking for some meaty songwriting you can get into. It may not be vintage Dylan, but there’s nothing wrong with vintage John Batdorf.

George Peden

Country Stars Online
If you like your music richly mellow, flavored just right with equal doses of Americana and Folk, then Phil Christie, a Neil Diamond similar-sounder, is worth a listen. Blessed with a smooth, easy and clear tone, this Canadian is out with his latest, Rearview Mirror.

On an album filled with anchored emotion, Christie is the guy you play at night, late at night, when the candle flickers and the wine is working, when thoughts run and race -- when music does its best work. The multi-talented Christie – he draws major duty by producing, playing and writing here –has pulled together an album that’s not going to appeal to the hats and buckle crowd; rather, if you lean towards middle-of-the-road country that’s easy and melodic to the ear, this is for you.

Opening with the title track, a song that looks into life, love and loss from a backward glance, Christie moves through his album of soft ballads and reflective thoughts with easy style, backed by a band of seasoned musicians. Among the sound-makers are some noted names such as Doug Lancio (Gretchen Peters and Patty Griffin) on guitar and Barry Walsh (Gretchen Peters) on piano.

Tracks like the parochial “Montreal”, the powerful reverence of attachment heard on ‘Echo,” the up-tempo invitation to a freedom walk from love, “You Got It” and the sad rewards for love’s inattention, “Otherwise Engaged,” all reveal a singer/songwriter with depth, passion and talent.

With a warm and melodic voice, easy-on-the-ear tunes, all wrapped in fine musicianship, this, as mentioned, won’t race off the shelves clutched in the hands of some Toby Keith or Jewel fan. However, it will find an audience with those who appreciate late nights, the glow of a romantic candle and good wine.

Leo Hernandez

Great music
I realy enjoyed this CD, great song writing, fantasic voice. Thanks Phil.

Folk guitars travel over the highways. “Midnight moon on a night, muddy, black as coal, trail of dust and a heavy load. Everything I once held dear in my rearview mirror.” A familiar lonely tale, but told with new poetry. “Desert wind blows a tumbleweed up on the rise” evokes one feeling and a moment later “sunlight around her like a prayer” digs deeper into another feeling, a memory of my life lived, perhaps a bit callously. I’m sure some of my past would yell at me -> you weren’t looking, you were very callous. Ah. Takes good music to pull out confessions from a hard-hearted man. And Phil obliges with much good music. Shoutout tunes are the beautiful Random Acts Of Kindness, a tale of the small flowers I let slide through my fingers, and Me & My Guitar, a song that many people write but few succeed at. Phil succeeded. “Three chords and a simply melody opened up my heart and set me free.” Thanks for stirring my soul! June 3, 2008