Jimmy Phillips

Date: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019


Location: Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame

Cost: Special

Description: Longtime Tehachapi barber and veteran country music pioneer Jimmy Phillips also helped develop the “Bakersfield Sound” in the late 1950s and ‘60s. Jimmy grew up in a farm labor camp in Arvin and first learned to drum with a pair of drumsticks on a metal folding chair. Jimmy first started drumming professionally when he was only 15 years old with a band called Jolly Jody and the Go Daddys, playing to enthusiastic crowds at dance clubs in Pismo Beach.
Jimmy’s incredibly solid drumming led to a long musical tenure featuring gigs and studio recordings with a wealth of musicians, including Red Simpson, Joe and Rose Lee Maphis, Barbara Mandrell, Merle Haggard, Jelly Sanders and many more.
Jimmy has a CD available of Country and Western Swing favorites, with Jimmy both drumming and singing lead. Though he still works fulltime and runs Jim’s Barber Shop in Old Towne after more than 38 years in business, Jimmy also continues to perform.

Jimmy Phillips

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