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Santa Barbara’s Glen Phillips Live at SOhO

Formerly with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Phillips went solo in 2001

Santa Barbara native Glen Phillips, who served as the frontman and main songwriter for Toad the Wet Sprocket before launching his solo career in 2001, will appear at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St. #205.

Toad the Wet Sprocket took shape in 1986, when Phillips was only 14, and the band's debut effort, Bread and Circus, earned them a contract with Columbia Records.

However, it was the group's third album — Fear — that truly broke the group, garnering heavy radio play with the singles All I Want and Walk on the Ocean.

After three years away from the recording studio, Toad returned to the mainstream with Dulcinea, which again found one of its singles, Fall Down, in heavy radio rotation. After six albums and a substantial string of hits, the group disbanded in 1998.

Phillips began touring as a solo act after Toad the Wet Sprocket's demise and worked with producer Ethan Johns to create his first solo album, 2001's Abulum. He also collaborated on several songs with the bluegrass band Nickel Creek and toured with them for the latter half of 2001.

Live at Largo appeared in 2003, followed by Winter Pays for Summer in 2005, a collection of new material that featured guest appearances from ex-Jellyfish frontman Andy Sturmer, Ben Folds, Kristin Mooney, Jon Brion, and Semisonic/Trip Shakespeare scribe Dan Wilson.

Phillips released Mr. Lemons in 2006. That same year, he toured North American with a reunited Toad the Wet Sprocket, although he only continued releasing new material under his own name.

The EP Secrets of the New Explorers arrived in 2008, along with news that Phillips would be joining members of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Nickel Creek, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, and other musicians to form a new band, the Scrolls.

In 2009 Phillips began extensive touring with his new supergroup: Works Progress Administration (WPA).

The group is a collaborative which includes Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & the Attractions), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), and Luke Bulla (Ricky Skaggs).

Tickets to hear Phillips are $15. Call 962-7776 ext. 6 for reservations. Dinner tickets available at

— Kirk Reed for SOhO.


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