A prairie singer songwriter from Alberta, Curtis Phagoo has one foot firmly planted in roots music, leaning on storytelling, truth, fiction, dark, and light. His other foot wanders in pop, and world music, free to be inspired by anything with a moving lyric.
His record “When We Were Young”, produced by Heath West @ Melodious Design is a collection of “heart on his sleeve” confessionals.
The current singles “If I Could I Would”, and “Makin’ Hay” feature Pedal Steel, Dobro, and Mandolin. One a plea to a lover, the other a plea to a creator. They set the tone for this diverse record and showcase Phagoo’s lyrical prowess and ability to tell it straight with waterfalling cadence and rhyme.
Curtis has spent the last few years playing songwriter shows across western Canada under the banner “Behind The Grind”, a songwriter showcase in which he has toured 50+ shows from Vancouver Island to Winnipeg, and a series he produced in Red Deer that features 25 songwriters in 6 months.
He has penned songs for Sean Burns, Levi Cuss, and Ryan Carnduff.
“What makes Phagoo such a good singer is his relaxed approach which leaves room for other components of the tune to shine. With awesome stringed Instruments that add nuanced licks and twangy delight, the atmosphere of the track is folk country at its best.”
-Michael Collins, Glasse Factory
“Well, Phagoo’s song is about farmers. It’s got a great classic 70s style of narrative folk. It reminds me of something that could have come from the Ramblin Jack Elliott camp of storytelling folk music. ”
– Greg Jones, Ear To The Ground
Curtis Phagoo – The Lion Tamer