David Pinsky and Phil Newton have been a major part of the southern Oregon blues scene for over thirty years and have recently joined forces as an acoustic duo. Longtime friends, they began this new chapter by playing local venues and concerts, discovering the joy of sharing their blues on a whole different level.
David’s propulsive guitar, welded with Phil’s harp chops, provide a steady groove and the two will also employ a twin harp attack. Both men bring decades of vocal experience, with David concentrating on his original compositions and Phil interpreting blues and roots.
David and Phil have just won the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis competition and will represent Portland at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Their new CD, “Over the Moon” will help fund their trip. Its eleven original songs cover the entire spectrum of broken hearts, bad habits, redemption, living, dying and, to quote Zorba the Greek, “The whole catastrophe.” Sorrow and joy are approached with a wink and a nod. Just David and Phil, a guitar, some harmonicas and the blues.
David and Phil are committed to blues education, teaching blues harp to local school kids.