Stripmall Ballads DC Music Rocks


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Band/Artist Name: Stripmall Ballads

Recommended if you like: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Townes Van Zandt, Electric Magnolia Company

Story behind your band/artist name: it's a riff off Woody Guthrie's "Dustbowl Ballads" (which was perhaps the first concept album in 20th century recorded music). But I'm not from the Dustbowl. I'm from the stripmall.

Band Members: Phillips Saylor - poems, lyrics, vocals, guitar, banjo, painting, drawing, driving

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Born in DC. Raised in Darnestown, MD. Still a DMV'r

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. My first shows in the early 1990's were in DC at The Mountain Lodge, Cafe Northwest and Food For Thought. All long gone now. 

2. During that same time there were homeless encampments along the Potomac and near the canal towpaths. After playing a set at one of the aforementioned rooms, friends and I would walk down to the camps and I'd sing and play with everyone around the fire. Seemed everybody always knew most all the words to "Me and Bobby McGee." Looking back, it seems incredibly dangerous but I was lucky and naive and drunk and friendly and I'd play anything anybody wanted to hear. I remember it being incredibly fun. 

3. Homeless People are still The Best Audience :)

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I record and release music in Europe and Mexico City under the name H DJ PANCAKE

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Main Genre: Folk

Other Genres: lo-fi, post-folk, indie, songwriter, shoe gaze, emo, acoustic, folk rock, americana, freak folk