About Phillip Fox Band
‘Country-Fried Rock N’ Roll’.
From the tenacity of “I Ain’t Angry” and “Nothin’ Worse Than Weak” to the down-home feeling of “Heartland”, Phillip Fox Band have crafted an album that is full of hope, loss, love and the truth.
In early 2013, the band began pre-production for what would become their debut full length album Heartland. Taking several off-days and setting up a mobile studio wherever they could, the band narrowed their ever growing song list down to 20 songs and performed three shows where they gave their fans the opportunity to vote on which songs they wanted to hear on the record. “We
took that feedback along with the pre-pro tracks and sat down with Joe Viers (Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Bobaflex) to talk through the project. We had recorded the Motor City Blood EP with Joe at Sonic Lounge and developed a really good rhythm. Plus Joe has been soaking in roots rock for a long time so it was a really natural fit to bring him on earlier in the process as more of a co-producer”
The band finished the album in January and launched a Kickstarter campaign raising over $18,000 to release the new record.
2014 will see the band playing over 200 dates including headlining slots at Ohio Bike Week and larger festivals such as Buckle Up featuring Alabama, Willy Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Cadillac Three, and more.
“Heartland has sort of a double-meaning. The Motor City Blood EP was about where I came from, my roots in Detroit. This record is more about where we call home now, and that’s Ohio. For a long time Ohio’s slogan was ‘The Heart of it All’ and in a small way we wanted to pay tribute to that. But in a grander sense, I’ve traveled to
four continents and there are just places that feel welcoming to certain folks and places that don’t. I’ve found that if I get too far away from open fields, trees, and a little soil in the air, I start getting antsy, a little claustrophobic. It didn’t matter if it was in Japan, Spain,
or New York state. Heartland is about finding places wherever we are that speak to us and feel like home.”