Legendary rock impresario Bill Graham once dubbed Shawn Phillips, "the best-kept secret in the music business." That's exactly what a working musician doesn't want to hear. The Texas-born Phillips sprang forth amidst contemporaries like Donovan, Steve Winwood, and Bernie Taupin. Phillips appeared on several Donovan projects, including "Sunshine Superman," and sang on The Beatles' "Lovely Rita." Kinloch Nelson also appears.
Shawn Phillips performs Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. at Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. $10-$18. cafeveritas.org.
— BY FRANK DEBLASE