The “Golden Voice of The Great Southwest” Utah Phillips, died in Nevada of congestive heart failure this weekend. Phillips was an archivist, Wobbly, musician, hobo and radio producer, and influenced the likes of Tom Waits, Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris, who all performed his songs. Phillips influenced me as a radio producer and I am sad to see him go.
The family requests memorial donations to Hospitality House, P.O. Box 3223, Grass Valley, Calif. 95945, (530) 271-7144 or www.hospitalityhouseshelter.org.