Born in Santa Barbara, CA, Glen Phillips served as the frontman and main songwriter for Toad the Wet Sprocket before launching his solo career in 2001. Toad the Wet Sprocket took shape in 1986, when Phillips was only 14 years old, and the band’s debut effort, Bread and Circus, earned them a contract with Columbia Records. However, it was the group’s third album—the jangling, orchestral 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.
Glen Phillips started his first band, Toad The Wet Sprocket, as a teenager in Santa Barbara, and served as the band’s frontman and primary songwriter before launching his solo career in 2001.
Live at the Belly Up, recorded on February 11, 2016 features 19 tracks, including solo material and Toad the Wet Sprocket hits like “Walk on the Ocean,” “Something’s Always Wrong,” and “All I Want.” The set, which includes four previously unreleased original songs, serves as a perfect introduction to Phillips’ illustrious songwriting career and mesmerizing live show. The performance also features covers of Metric, James Blake and Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek), who even accompanies Phillips on several tracks. The Phillips and Watkins collaboration Works Progress Administration is also represented in the live set, featuring “End is Now” and “Rise Up” from the album WPA.
Total Play Time: approx 67 minutes
Sean Watkins appears on tracks 7-19