I first heard about Philip Sayce on JP’s blog, where he linked to a video of Sayce burning up his Strat. The playing in that video blew me away, so I did a little research and found out that Sayce has had a pretty interesting career. As a teenager, he played along side Jeff Healey. Then, Sayce moved to LA where he started playing guitar for Uncle Kracker. In 2003, he joined Melissa Etheridge’s band and has toured and played with her band since then. In addition, Sayce has fronted his own blues-rock band and has released several albums, most notably Peace Machine in 2005. He’s currently writing and recording an album with Richard Marx.
Sayce has taken full advantage of the Internet and posted many videos of his live shows on YouTube. There’s some real gems in there. I’m currently enjoying the funky blues of Scars, which you can watch below.
Influences like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix can be heard in Sayce’s music, but it doesn’t sound like he’s trying to copy them. He brings his own style to the blues-rock genre, and I’m really enjoying it. I highly recommend you check him out.