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Shawn Phillips Returns to Crossings

Hear guitarist Shawn Phillips at the State Theatre in Zumbrota, Friday, Aug. 2.

Critically acclaimed musician Shawn Phillips returns to entertain with his voice and guitar at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the State Theatre, next door to Crossings.

Phillips has sung with the Beatles, recorded with Traffic members Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Jim Capaldi, taught Joni Mitchell 12-string guitar techniques and was the first to use an Indian sitar in popular music.

He's recorded four albums that made it on Billboard's Top 100, and four of his singles have reached Billboard's Top 40.

Last fall, Phillips released "Reflections," a CD recorded, engineered, mastered and duplicated in his home studio, featuring just voice and guitar.

His current project is "Perspectives," a 17-song double CD. He is raising money through his website to complete the album.

"A lot of work goes into a project like this," Phillips said of "Reflections."

"I am concerned with excellence in what I do. I also want to maintain a strong relationship with my fans and I feel that by doing something like 'Reflections,' I am making more of myself available to my fans in some way. They are the people who have put me where I am today and I will always be grateful for their support," Phillips said.

Phillips is the kind of artist who seeks critical acclaim and appreciates his loyal fans - who quietly push his albums into multi-gold and platinum status in North America and overseas.

Phillips, who is the son of best-selling spy novelist Philip Atlee, traveled the world with his family, and as an adult settled in a small Italian village after spending time in the 1960s culture of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury and of England.

Tickets are $21 in advance, $24 day of show. To reserve tickets, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota. For more information, visit

At a glance ...

Guitarist and vocalist Shawn Phillips performs live

When: 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 2

Where: Zumbrota State Theatre, 88 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota

Cost: $21 in advance, $24 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or