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Phyllis Hopkins Blues Quartet

Kate Anderson
June 30, 2023
Ron Oswanski
June 30, 2023
Ron Oswanski
June 30, 2023
Kate Anderson
June 30, 2023
Phyllis Hopkins, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
www.phopkinsband.com

Phyllis’ musical journey began when she was young listening to the music of Diana Ross, Elvis & Journey. She developed a passion for rock and blues listening to Santana, Led Zepplin and Aerosmith. When she was 24 years old and heard Stevie Ray Vaughan, she decided to pick up a guitar and start playing. This period is also when she discovered guitarist Ronnie Earl, who has proven to be her greatest inspiration.

She started hitting the local blues scene with her first band “Little Sister and the Moneymakers”. Since then, she has shared the stage with blues greats such as Sonny Rhodes, Shemeka Copeland, Debbie Davies, Toni Washington, Ronnie Earl and Clarence Spady.

“You Don’t Know” was her first all original CD and was released independently in 2008. It was warmly received, getting Editors Pick at Disc Makers and Indie Music. Her CD, “The Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio”, is a combination of Louisiana Bayou Blues, West Side Blues, Soul, Rock and some mainstream influences. She is known for her soulful and sometimes “in your face” guitar licks and vocals and consistently leaves the audience wanting more at her live shows.

“The blues is an artform that I love. It’s never been pushed like rock ‘n’ roll, and it never will be, but those who come out and listen will appreciate it once they give it a chance…” Phyllis Hopkins