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September 3, 2012

Bo Phillips hit song tops charts

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater musician Bo Phillips is seeing his songwriting and work ethic pay off as a song from his latest album has reached the top of the Texas music charts.

Phillips released “Fishin’ for Grandpa” in 2011. The album’s first single, “Red Dirt Girl,” speaks of the popular musicians and acts who played in the area and began playing more in Texas, but still have roots in Stillwater, Phillips said.

“There’s a lot of people who have found comfort in the song,” he said.

Phillips has played tour dates and participated in social media and radio interviews to push the song. He said he was hoping to see the song grab a spot on the charts.

“Honestly, when the song hit top 10 (on the Texas Regional Radio Report), that was my goal,” he said. “If that was going to be done, then that pretty much validated my beliefs in music and made me believe in the music a little bit more and renewed my faith.”

The song climbed to No. 4. Phillips continued to support the song and his work paid off.

In early August, following a round of shows in Texas, Phillips was waking up when he saw that he had multiple text messages.

“I was like, ‘Someone died or something,’” Phillips said.

However, the messages were to congratulate him. Phillips checked the report and saw “Red Dirt Girl” had made it to the top.

“I did the happy fat kid dance,” he said.

Phillips said he feels validated after 81⁄2 years of performing.

“It made me feel like all the hard work is absolutely paying off and any ideas of folding or moving on are out the window now,” he said.

Phillips is reaping the benefits of his success.

“We’ve been jam-packed with booking calls trying to get us booked up and everything,” he said.

Several days after the song went No. 1, Phillips had 25 booking calls. He said it has helped him and his band get into venues and markets they have wanted to get into for a while.

“I want to play to the areas and to the people who want to hear what I’ve got to play,” he said.

Red Dirt stretches beyond the borders of Texas and Oklahoma. Phillips recently played a concert west of Chicago where the turnout was more than what many may expect.

“There are Red Dirt fans in Chicago, Illinois, and we played just a little bit west of Chicago just this last week actually and there were 200 people singing along to my songs that live 600 miles away that I’ve never met before and you wouldn’t think that Illinois would be big fans of the stuff,” Phillips said.

He said it “renews his faith” that it’s not about the states, it’s about the music.

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