Phillip Fox said his mournful country style is best suited to smaller audiences.
The singer-songwriter and former front man for the Phillip Fox Band, whose members decided to take a break in April, said it will just be him, an acoustic guitar and maybe a harmonica at the next third Sunday concert in Frank Fetch Park, slated for 7 p.m. July 16.
“My solo stuff is much more subdued,” he said. “It’s much more designed for a listening audience, a quiet venue, that sort of thing.”
His band was around for six years, playing 600 shows in 20 states and releasing two records: “Motor City Blood” and “Heartland.”
“It was a long haul,” he said.
Country music is changing, he said, with more crossover acts and pop influences – such as techno-beat tracks – than ever.
“It’s been kind of a blessing and a curse,” Fox said. “Country is now the most popular genre in terms of record sale and fan bases, and a lot of that is because country has merged with pop music.”
He said his band’s music, which he described as outlaw Southern rock, didn’t quite have the commercial appeal so they disbanded. It’s not clear whether it’s permanent.
Fox, who lives in Delaware, said he might branch out and do some popular tunes from the Eagles, Bob Seger and Jim Croce.
“It’s going to be a very intimate kind if concert,” he said. “I’m going to be playing mostly originals. It still has some of that southern twangy-ness but the vocals are a lot more subdued.”
Sponsored by the German Village Garden Club and Hausfrau Haven, the concerts will be held through September.
Ashleigh Lemon, vice president of the garden club, said Fox is a true talent.
“He’s got this very unique raspy voice,” she said. “You get what you expect you’re going to get. He’s got the voice, the guitar skills and he writes his own music – and it does come from the heart.”