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In Performance at the Governor's Mansion
A showcase of Kentucky’s best and brightest performers, featuring music, dance, dramatic readings, poetry, and more.
Robert Phillips and the Fender Benders

Robert Phillips learned the blues while traveling through the South with the Birmingham Black Barons of baseball’s Negro League. After games, he would visit blues clubs in the towns where he played. When an injury ended his baseball career, he returned home to Franklin, KY and taught himself to play the saxophone. In the years since, Robert has played in a number of blues bands in and around Bowling Green. One of his early groups, the Houserockers, was often called on to back blues artists like T-Bone Walker, Ruth Brown, and Memphis Slim when they performed in the area.

For In Performance, Robert organized a group of well-seasoned musicians to perform rhythm and blues classics.


From Bluegrass to Blues
Roots of Kentucky music featuring the EKU Brass Quintet, Homer Ledford, and the Robert Phillips Blues Band (#103)


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