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Youtube video for "One of A Kind" youtube music video: "The Other Side of the World" Youtbe video: "Everything You Want" Red Lion Film on youtube Guitarist Michael Bizar's Website JLOpen (Film Director Jesse Levy's Website) Guitarist John DePatie's Website PayPlay Apple iTunes Bassist Daren Burns DW Drums Artist Roster GreatIndieMusic "Motel Blue" Film at IMDB Guitarist Steve Cardenas' Website Tradebit

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Philip Lincoln Smith

by Philip Lincoln Smith

Eclectic Post-Beatles Pop with influences from soul, jazz, progressive, rock, hip hop, folk and european styles, all with an emphasis on songs.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One of a Kind
3:35 $0.99
2. The Other Side of the World
3:53 $0.99
3. Step Inside
3:39 $0.99
4. Wait for the Wind
3:04 $0.99
5. Everything You Want
3:25 $0.99
6. Nothing Wrong Here
3:23 $0.99
7. I Dream
3:04 $0.99
8. Pieces
3:35 $0.99
9. Our Only World
3:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Echoes of Lennon and McCartney, Badfinger, Peter Gabriel,
Squeeze, XTC, Motown/Stax, and even Irish Folk pepper these nine tracks.

This is a collection of songs certain to interest lovers of classic Pop/Rock. Philip Lincoln Smith
self-produced this debut solo release and
deftly handled the songwriting, lead and background vocals, drums, keyboards, programming, loops, and some guitar.
Even the cover art is his own creation.

The crisp opening track, "One of A Kind", (an adult-alternative cut), and the Crowded House-influenced vibe of "The Other Side of the World" transport the listener
into a song cycle at once singular and familiar.
Songs like "Step Inside" and "Pieces" have soul roots, with flavors more in the Steely Dan, Squeeze or Stevie Wonder
vein, while "Everything You Want" and "Nothing Wrong Here" are influenced by European Art rock performers such as Peter
Gabriel. "I Dream" is a harder-edged rock piece with
an odd undercurrent of imagery and atmosphere.
Like a lone voice on an Irish hillside, "Wait for the Wind"
is a haunting song of longing with a beautiful acoustic
guitar solo.
The closing track, "Our Only World" is a Lennon-esque
anthem of hope.

Some great musicians were on board to give this album
a polished punch:

Guitar wizard John DePatie (Nancy Sinatra) lends an air of pathos and passion to every track, while the work of
bassist Chris LaCagnina glues the songs together.

Philip Lincoln Smith's landscapes of loss and redemption, both soothing and threatening, can carry you away and return you to your own skin, bathed in his soulful voice.

Here is what Philip has also been up to:

Philip is proud to announce his participation as background vocalist on A.J. Croce's newest album on Seedling Records, "Cage of Muses". Released in late March, 2009, Croce's intimate collection of songs will please lovers of Americana and British Soul music, and satisfy fans young and old.

"No Connection", Jesse Levy's 2007 independent film, featured in several international festivals, (which was scored by Philip Lincoln Smith), is up on Youtube.
Here is the link:

November, 2007 marks the premiere International Screening
of director Jesse Levy's "No Connection" at the
Filmstock Festival in Luton, UK. The experimental short
film was scored by Philip Lincoln Smith. Levy provided
additional music for the intro and outro credits; Smith
Produced all the tracks as well.
Philip also engineered the music for Levy's award-winning
previous short film, "Red Lion".

Philip was a featured performer at the "Nashville Songwriters' Association Showcase" in North Hollywood in late 2006, opening for Brad Parker, whose number-one
song "Nobody's Gonna Rain on Our Parade" put Kathy Mattea firmly on the map. Philip has begun collaborating with Eddie Cunningham, whose work has won many national songwriting competitions, namely the "John Lennon Song Contest", "Billboard Country" and "American Idol Underground".
Cunningham has worked with Desmond Child and Kim Fowley.

Whether he is behind the drums or out in front, singing lead, or both, Philip Lincoln Smith is a unique force.
Currently the drummer/vocalist with pop-blues-alternative pianist and singer A.J. Croce, Phil has logged two North American tours, a European Tour, an International Music Festival in Australia and many studio hours since joining the band in 2000.

A. J. Croce's Award-Winning 2006 album, "Cantos" produced by Michael Blum,(Madonna), with a guest appearance by Ben Harper, features Philip as a backup singer on several songs, including Paul McCartney's classic composition, "Maybe I'm Amazed". Other notable players are: bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello), and drummer Brian MacCleod (Sheryl Crow).
The San Diego Music Awards gave "Cantos" its "Best Pop Album" Award for 2006.

A European jaunt in late 2005, (including appearances on German television, Amsterdam radio and a Belgian music
festival), and several North American dates in 2006
(with a sold-out show in San Diego's Poway Theatre),continued the momentum of Croce's fine touring act, which features Michael Bizar (guitar), Nick Kirgo (guitar), and David Curtis (bass).

A.J. Croce's 2004 release, "Adrian James Croce", also produced by Michael Blum, featured Philip singing
backup on several tracks, including the Top-50 charting "Don't Let Me Down", (the only independent single to chart in the Top 50 in 2004-2005.)
The album won the "Best Pop Album" award at the
San Diego Music Awards.

With Croce's band, Phil has shared the stage with Smashmouth, Judy Collins, Isaac Hayes, and while in Australia, Jonny Lang, ZZ Top, and Neil Finn.

The eclectic nature of Croce's act is nothing new to Phil Smith. He cut his teeth playing with legendary Kansas City progressive-pop/fusion group, Glow. That band brought him respect and a solid following in the Eighties, through performances on television, radio and clubs, including
the prestigious Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, on the bill with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, David Sanborn, Ricki Lee Jones, et al. Glow opened three shows for Allan Holdsworth and also for artists as diverse as John Sebastian and Shooting Star.
Phil was voted one of the top five drummers in K.C., and Glow was voted best band in a major-market radio promotion on KYYS FM. It was during this period Phil developed as a vocalist and songwriter. He signed a solo management contract with Los Angeles-based manager, Dennis Rodriguez, (then-husband of MTV's original VJ, Nina Blackwood), in 1988.

Since 1988, Phil has lived in Los Angeles. After an initial solo focus, (which featured ex-David Bowie and Tina Turner bassist Carmine Rojas, and garnered two Billboard Song Contest awards in a row), Phil's first project as bandleader was the Egos, an original hard pop ensemble that toured the L.A. club scene and was featured on KLOS FM 95.5.
At Los Angeles' popular Canter's Kibitz Room,
The Egos mutated into the Wiseguys, a power-bebop improv trio, featuring guitar virtuoso Bill Wiseman, and bass monster Chris La Cagnina. Phil's switch-off drummer in that band was Ric Parnell, known to the music and movie world as Mick Shrimpton, of Spinal Tap. Ric was also in the Atomic Rooster.
The Wiseguys were the featured Monday night act for years.
Rodney Dangerfield came in to see the show several times.

The L.A. club scene has also been a stomping ground for Phil as a drummer, working rooms with members of Pearl Jam, the Wallflowers, Tonic, Tin Machine, and Jennifer Stills and Chris Stills, progeny of Stephen Stills.

The mid-1990s saw Phil making the coffeehouse rounds, trying out new solo material and creating a buzz in an acoustic setting. Jackson Browne told Philip he had a great voice after an acoustic performance in Hollywood.

In 1995, Producer Michael James, (Hole, A.J.Croce), heard Phil Smith's demo recording and introduced Phil to former Rembrandts keyboardist Dave Zeman, and the two formed Everyday People, a Beatle-flavored rock band. Zeman handled the guitar and keys, and Phil sang lead and, of couse, played drums. Three of the songs from their eponymous debut album are featured in the Sean Young cult film, "Motel Blue", featuring the late Lou Rawls.
Philip appears with the band in the film as well.
Zeman recently recorded with the Gin Blossoms.

Phil has performed as Ringo Starr in "Forever Fab", a Beatles tribute act, and has even substituted for soap opera star, drummer John Lindstrom (General Hospital), in the High Lonesome.

PLS has performed with reggae man Mick Jerome and with the
Black Nile Jazz Ensemble; with Special Guest, Steve Cardenas
(of John Patitucci's Trio).

Phil Smith is also the singer you have heard in those nationwide local promos for "Friends", since the show went into syndication. He also sang spots for "Step by Step" and "MAD TV ".

Under the name Phil Smith, Philip endorses DW Drums, Pedals and Hardware.



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David H.

strong vocals, memorable melodies - pop music with substance
Strong, clear vocals on memorable melodies...this is pop music with substance.

With hints of the Beatles, Tears For Fears and solo John Lennon, PHILIP LINCOLN SMITH offers a collection of original songs. Different moods, diverse grooves, varied time signatures and wide vocal ranges all fit nicely into this listenable package.

PLS not only wrote the songs but handles drums, lead and background vocals, keyboards, some guitars and “trickery.”

There’s no “trick” to solid pop tracks being created by a gifted singer-songwriter-instrumentalist. No hype - just good music.

Jon Dunmore

Post-Beatling the Beat and Reigning In The Rock