Growing up in the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania, Phil began listening to Elizabeth Cotton, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jorma Koukonen and Gary Davis at a very young age. His understanding of the music and its patterns is as complete as it is for musicians two or three times his age. Out on the circuit, Phil has attracted the attention of many veteran musicians as he continues to expand his audience and appeal. Having already shared the stage with John Hammond, Paul Geremia, Steve Forbert, Little Toby Walker, Hubert Sumlin, Bill Morrissey, and Eilen Jewel; he is now sought after as a feature performer, and rightly so, having been reviewed by magazines, radio DJs, music venues and writers across the United States, Europe and Australia.
Phil Minissale represents the future for the acoustic finger-styling of the Piedmont. At just 24 years old, Phil is a seasoned performer, appearing at music venues, folk clubs, festivals and colleges from Maine to Georgia and recently abroad in Italy.
Phil’s cross generational appeal has many folks watching very closely as he exposes his generation to the acoustic folk/blues sound. Combining contemporary songwriting with the traditional finger styling of the blues masters, his nostalgic sound is a warm reminder of the Greenwich Village acoustic scene of the early 60s while cultivating a new and younger audience. With the recording of his second full CD, "Young Fool," Phil continues to build bridges between various acoustic genres, keeping the traditional integrity of the music intact, while breaking new ground with his timely songwriting.