Live At The Gateway

by Phil Circle & Ruby Harris

Released 2003
Guilt By Association Records
Released 2003
Guilt By Association Records
Live acoustic duo with guitar, vocals, fiddle, mandolin, covering multiple styles, with long jams. Phil & Ruby set a mini disc recorder on the piano next to them in the now defunct Gateway Bar & Grill in Chicago's Rogers Park and hit record. Here's the result.
About Phil Circle and Ruby Harris

His work with the crossover band Guilty brought reviewer words like "rocks," "first rate" and "visionary" to describe his songwriting. In The Mix Magazine said, "If the United States has anything to offer to the world stage of music, music like this is it." With nine years of booking, managing, producing, and writing for Guilty now behind him, he moves in new musical directions.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Phil Circle arrived back in Chicago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than a decade ago and jumped into the local music scene. Within a few years, a degree in music under his belt and countless live performances behind him, he founded Guilty. Based in the roots of rock, jazz and blues, and comprising a line-up of as many as eleven members, the group was a juggernaut. Male and female vocals, guitars, horns, drums and percussion, and even fiddle brought to life a band with multiple personalities.

They recorded a studio CD in 1997 called Extenuating Circumstances; two live releases, one on WZRD Radio, a second unreleased at The Hard Rock Café; and with four unreleased studio tracks from 2001, Guilty broke up.

Later in the same year, Phil Circle teamed up with blues fiddler Ruby Harris, a veteran of such venues as Carnegie Hall and The White House. They recorded a live disc the following spring as an acoustic duo and began working with a full band at various shows. Ruby notes that they've created a whole new musical hybrid quite unintentionally.

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