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Singing Guitarist

About "Gristle"...

    My wife jokingly gave me the nickname one morning, in reference to my "rougher edges". Funny but fair...
    I told our kids as I taught myself to play (into my 40's, and they laughed at first), "If anyone ever pays me $$$ to play guitar and sing, I'll feed other kids with it!"...
    To my own delight and surprise, I played an open mic and was offered my first gig just after. I thought more deeply about my statement to my kids and example ...
    Did you know $1 can provide up to six meals for someone hungry, not at our table? Breakfast, lunch and dinner, for a neighbor and their child. $3 can provide a hot meal and warmth at a mission...
    By definition, "
gristle is tough but also cushions, connects and supports". I like that. It somehow fits my musical tastes, style, and aspirations. I play for people, food, and fun. 
"Gristle" Phil

 My guitar story... 
"Playing it forward."

* Self-taught guitarist, singer, and songwriter since 2015.

* Performing professionally since 2019 at restaurants, taverns, bars, parties, parks, street corners... Anywhere! 

Appearances at: PH_Steakhouse, Gladstone Tavern, FOMO, Bar Cilento, Bernie's, Black Horse Tavern, Horseshoe Tavern, Fiddler's CC and many other private events/venues.

* I play and enjoy all types of music, including Classic Rock, Pop, Country, Folk, etc. (some set lists in pic gallery).

I accept advance bookings for affordable, competitive industry rates (please ask); for public venues, private parties, and social events (let's talk about your music needs).

* I sometimes perform with another guitarist as Gristle&Bone.

* PLEASE LOOK AND LISTEN (scroll below) and come see me for FREE anywhere listed... Ask about your private party music!

* My personal focus in performing professionally is to share my sound with you AND "play it forward" towards local charities, food banks, and missions. I dedicate a sizeable portion of my wages and your gratuities towards helping provide food and care for the less fortunate in the communities where I perform...

Your bookings help feed neighbors! 

*Over 85,550 meals and care "played forward" to date! 




* Friday Night MUSIC - July 19
6:00-9:00pm (weather permitting), Stirling, NJ

Friday Night MUSIC -
July 26
6:30-9:30pm, Chester, NJ

Friday Night MUSIC - Aug 2
6:30-9:30pm, Chester, NJ

Saturday Night MUSIC - Aug 10
6:00-9:00pm (weather permitting), Stirling, NJ

Friday Night 
MUSIC - Aug 16
6:30-9:30pm, Chester, NJ
*Please check-in for regular updates...
Photos and Videos...
"Learning To Fly", Tom Petty

"Learning To Fly", Tom Petty

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