Happy Birthday Phil Rosenthal born, September 30, 1949 is from Guilford, Connecticut and plays all the bluegrass instruments (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass). He had a group called Apple Country 1970-75, and 1976-78, a band with his wife Beth called “Old Dog.” During the years of 1978-1986, he played guitar and sang lead with the Seldom Scene. A prolific songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers and the Seldom Scene. Phil has own record company (American Melody Records), specializing in traditional folk music for children. In 1994, he was named the official State Troubadour of Connecticut and in 2000, formed a group called Bluegrass Reunion.
About the authorI enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie