Sunday, May 25, 2008

R.I.P. UTAH PHILLIPS


My pall Kell Robertson called tonight to let me know that Utah Phillips died.

Phillips -- singer, songwriter, storyteller, Korean War vet, hobo and champion of the working class -- died Friday of a heart attack in Nevada City, Calif, where he lived. Here's a story from the Salt Lake Tribune. And here's a 2003 interview in The Progressive.I met him at the Folk Alliance Conference in Albuquerque back in 1999. That's where I snapped this picture of him with Luther the Jet, King of the Hobos.

I'll do a proper tribute to him on The Santa Fe Opry next week (10 pm Friday at KSFR, 101.1 FM)

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