Local Album Showcases
My Lubbock Brother Phlip Coggins
I’ve known Mr. Phlip (pronounced “flip”) Coggins for many years and I have always loved his work and admired his ability to compose. He is the consummate artist. His work is purposeful and by that I mean his songs are always about something. You don’t get a lot of fluff material out of a guy like this. He has been doing this for at least ten years and he knows what he is doing. He knows how to replicate the sounds and compositions from his imagination into a recording and that is no easy task. Phlip also knows how to utilize guest and supporting performers on his songs. He allows the other artists a certain level of freedom for experimentation and this skill is a defining characteristic of most of Mr. Coggin’s work. The crew he put together for this album is a small one but they are a good one. They all fold right into the mix and provide great support of these great tunes. Some of these background folks have recorded on some of my favorite albums that have come out of West Texas.
This Album is a somewhat short one. At only six tunes it makes for quick listening. I think short and purposeful albums are the future for independent artists because they require less of an investment for the listener in the areas of both time and money and therefore more people are likely to take a chance and listen. From the artist’s perspective the difficulty becomes making the collection flow in a pleasing and impactful way that lands well emotionally. Mr. Coggins has achieved this in only twenty-six and a half minutes.
The Album starts out in the first song “Jah Love” with an extra rad guitar solo from Phlip and some rhythmic expansion before ever uttering a lyric. It’s literally a one-minute long solo that kicks the drama of the album up several notches right away. Now the title “Jah Love” tells you two things right away; the first is that this is likely a Rastafarian type tune and the second is that it will likely feature some amount of religious blah blah. Both are relatively true but Phlip definitely has his own approach to the vibe and the Jah references are both nuanced and nebulous enough to fall more into the philosophical rather than the religious side of things. It’s not preachy. It’s a sincere nod to that tradition within the genre. I think it sounds honest and earnest.
The big star of the collection in my opinion is a tune called “What Happened”. Groovy and purposeful this is another reggae type tune that just rocks so so sexy way. Phlip rules a classily dirty solo over a solid rhythm section and everything is just nailed to the fucking wall. The lyrics are a flood of socially frustrated poetry. It’s a great tune that is worth the price of admission all by itself.
Over all it’s a great collection of tunes. Purchase it if you can. Here’s the site:
Featured performers are: The famous Torrie Atchison, Mr. Kevin Bruce, Keanrey “Militia Muzik” Ward, my pal Nic “Blows French Horns” Shute & the very talented Jennifer Womble