Tom Phillips and the men of constant sorrowIt has been said:
“They take country music’s long, rich heritage, dose it liberally with urban grit, and spit it back with a passion all their own”.
Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow are six members strong; Acoustic guitar/lead vocals, Pedal Steel, Bass, Drums, Mandolin and Lead electric guitar. At the core of the band is Tom Phillips. With the skill of an artisan and the soul of a true street poet, he creates songs which range from hard core honky tonk to heart wrenching ballads.
Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow wowed an unsuspecting crowd of thousands during their concert at the 2001 Calgary Folk Festival. Tom and the boys were headliners at the 25th anniversary Frostbite Festival in Whitehorse, YK February 21-23/03 and were main stage performers at the 2003 Canmore Folk Music Festival Aug.2-4/03.
Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow were also the headliners at: the 1999 Calgary Women of Distinction Awards (Jack Singer Concert Hall), The legendary “Broken Spoke”, July/00 (Continental Airlines event, Austin, TX), Songwriter’s circle Big Valley Jamboree, August/01 (Big Valley, AB), Canadian Country Music Week, Sept./01 (Calgary, AB), Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Aug./02 (Edmonton, AB), Juno fest/03 (Edmonton, AB), Dauphin’s Countryfest July 1-4/04 and were second billing with Stompin’ Tom at Cowboy’s 2006 Stampede tent and opened the 2006/7 Beneath The Arch Concert Series season in Turner Valley, AB.
They also play regularly at Calgary’s 2003 - 2010 top live music venue for Country and Folk, The Ironwood Stage and Grill.
Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow have 4 CDs of original material released and one live recording released in November 2004. Tom has just released his 6th CD, “Luck Gone Bad, the Songs of Tom Phillips” which is a retrospective of Tom’s work over the past 30 years.
The response to their first CD was very positive with both critics and the general public. The 2nd CD “The Essential”, the 3rd “High Flyer”, the 4th “King of the Broken Heart” and the 5th “Downtown Cowboy” also received tremendous media attention.
The Essential 2002
"The 10-song CD is one long, sweet, drawl, that showcases the band's stellar musicianship......."
Mike Bell, Calgary SUN
"I love the new CD. Tom is a great songwriter"
les Siemieniuk, Calgary Folk Festival/ CBC's Definitely Not The Opera
High Flyer 2004
"An Album Full of Standouts"
Heath McCoy, Calgary Herald
"Five out of Five Stars"
Mary-Lynn McEwan, Fast Forward Weekly
King of the Broken Heart 2004
"Phillips....is in excellent vocal form and his bandmates accencuate the songs with lush fills"
Donald Typleske, Red Deer Advocate
Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow are so original and true, Continental Airlines, based in Houston, flew the boys down to Austin, TX to perform for their top corporate clients and then shot a video of the band performing at the legendary "Broken Spoke" in downtown Austin.
Live audiences are instantly drawn to their sound. These boys love to play and it shows.