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Phillip-Michael Scales to Perform Thursday in Barnesville

Phillip-Michael Scales

BARNESVILLE — Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Phillip-Michael Scales on Thursday Dec. 2 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville.

Growing up, Scales had an uncle who played guitar for a living. He knew it was a big deal but didn’t understand the significance that his uncle’s name was B.B. King. Even though Scales played guitar, he shied away from soloing and most things blues. Instead, he fell in love with songwriting when an English teacher told him “a great writer can make their reader identify with anyone.”

The trouble was he couldn’t find his story in the blues.

Born with a fierce independent streak and a passion for performing, Scales fronted his own indie bands, wrote and recorded his own music, and worked to make a name for himself on his own terms. All the while, his uncle just smiled a knowing smile and encouraged him to “stay with it.” As Scales began to discover “the blues” in his private and personal life, their relationship grew closer.

It wasn’t until his uncle passed away that Scales began incorporating more of the blues into his music.

“These days, I’m finding more of my story in the blues,” he said. “A lot has led me here between politics, my identity and of course, legacy.”

The result is a sound he calls “dive bar soul,” which takes a bit of indie rock story telling and couples it with the passion of the blues.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 423-276-2653 or visit Skyflight Productions on Facebook.

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