For a few years there was a great singer/songwriter living and performing around Chicago called Briar Rabbit. That wasn’t his real name, of course; rather a pseudonym that hinted at the kind of music you might expect if you’re old enough to remember Disney’s racially charged Song Of The South. Briar Rabbit was a character of cunning wit and smarts. All of the singer Briar Rabbit’s songs could be described as such. Now the artist makes a home in Los Angeles and plays under his given name, Phillip-Michael Scales. Next week he makes his first appearance in Chicago in over a year, playing two shows at Uncommon Ground on Clark.
Back in January, Scales put out the first EP under his new (?) name called Melodies & Ghosts. It is hands-down one of the most beautiful records you will hear this year. Check it out below and if you dig it, consider throwing the guy $5 so you can own a copy.