A member of Emmylou Harris’ Red Dirt Boys and a Grammy Winning songwriter, Phil Madeira has produced records for and performed with many amazing artists, including Emmylou, Buddy Miller, Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars,, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Keb’ Mo’ and more.
His Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us project debuted in 2012 and yielded a Grammy Winning song for the Civil Wars, “From This Valley”. The project also features a diverse group of artists- John Scofield, Emmylou Harris, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The North Mississippi Allstars, Cindy Morgan, to name a few.
Volume 2 of Mercyland released in January 2016 and features Emmylou Harris, Sugar & The Hi Lows, The Wood Bros, The Lone Bellow, The McCrary Sisters, and Angel Snow and others singing spiritual songs “for the rest of us”.
2014 brought Phil’s first solo record of this century, pm, a project inspired by his Mercyland success, but far different in content. Introspective and dark, Madeira trawls the river of life and comes up with a very human string of pearls. Loss, the blues, brokenness, and a little hope thrown in make for a compellingly real record
His two solo projects released in 2016- “Motorcycle” and “Original Sinner” highlight both his Americana and Blues sides, respectively and feature cameos from Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris.
Phil’s first book, God On The Rocks: Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith, was released in 2013, followed by a new updated version to be released in 2017.
"GOD ON THE ROCKS is a lovely memoir, recounting with honesty and humor how Christianity and the blues impacted one man's journey as a son, a brother, a husband and father, and companion to his fellow travelers. Taking a stand against those who would use religion to further a narrow and vindictive agenda, Phil celebrates God as a compassionate, living presence in his life, and so gives us a testament to the power of faith and family and in the end, of love."?Emmylou Harris
The singer songwriter is also known for his multi-instrumental abilities, having played guitar and keyboards on hundreds of records, including hits by Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, and other mainstream stars, but his real love is roots music, like the Americana songs he’s written for Alison Krauss, The Wood Brothers, and Keb’ Mo’. He has been a recipient of the Nashville Music Awards “Nammie” for Keyboardist of the Year.
His songs have been recorded by The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Keb’ Mo’, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Shawn Mullins, Dan Tyminski, Amy Grant, John Scofield, Humming People, and a long list of others. In 2009, he won the GMA Dove Award for “Country Song Of The Year”.
The reviews are in on Phil’s Mercyland projects:
“Gorgeously lyrical” – The Nashville Scene
“Exquisitely produced”- Folk Alley
“Every human being on the planet should listen to this and take heed …” – Maverick, UK