Phil Berglund was born and raised in Idaho number three of seven, not the first, not the last, lost in the middle. At the age of thirteen Phil got his first guitar a cheap solid body electric, it still took all summer mowing lawns to pay for it. Phil's song writing began in middle school and continues today, he is anxious to get in the studio to record his latest cadre of new melodies. Through Jr. High and High School he played bass in several garage bands (The Ballistics)(The Knights of Windsor)(One) until one day he showed up for practice and found somebody he didn’t know playing his guitar.
Fired from his first music job, Phil decided that music was still important in his life so he dove into playing solo and didn’t play with a band again for several years. Having been a solo artist traveling the world in the US Navy, Phil performed in such places as Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
After the Navy a bigger pay check called from Rhode Island and Phil’s work took him to Europe and the UK where he played acoustic solo in such diverse places as (Newport, Wales)(La Monga, Spain)(La Specia, Italy). In 1984, he quit traveling and relocated back to Idaho and parked his guitar until 1992 when he and his wife Jody went to see one of her old friends perform in a local honky-tonk.
Will Newell invited Phil to sit in and play guitar and harmonize with "Spur Rose" and subsequently became a regular, Spur Rose broke up and Phil was invited to play with the "Road Agents" until New Years Eve 2004, ending an eight-year run. 2005 found another move for Phil and Jody after they sold their place in Idaho and started a mobile lifestyle in a 36' 5th Wheel. While on a 2 week stop in Portland OR that turned into 2 years Phil hooked up with Steve Rodin and started a duet called "R&B Blues" they gigged all over PDX and Vancouver and released an album "Together Again For The First Time" it can be found on "Spotify" and other places online.
Phil is married to his beautiful wife Jody Newell they settled in Douglas County Oregon in 2008, Phil joined "Small Town Rumor" as the bass player and a fun time with "Nobody's Business'. Phil and Cathy Byle have played together since he first landed in Douglas County and has enjoyed playing in the "Fort Umpqua Days" pageant band. "Decor'mm" was born from that meeting. Cathy is an awesome singer/songwriter and has released several songs.
Phil has two adult children from a previous marriage and five grand kids.
These two videos are dedicated to the class of 1971 Emmett High School, Emmett Idaho