Rosenthal is a nationally renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist
and record producer. For many years the lead singer and guitarist in
the popular bluegrass group The Seldom Scene, he is also highly respected
for his instrumental skills on banjo and mandolin.
A native of Guilford, CT, Phil began his professional career
in the 1970's as mandolin player and singer in the New England-based
bluegrass bands Apple Country and Old Dog. In 1977, he joined The Seldom
Scene, travelling widely with the group throughout the U.S., Europe,
and Japan, including appearances at the Grand Old Opry and the White
House. He recorded seven albums with the band, receiving a Grammy nomination
for his work on Scene 20 . In 1986, he left the group in order to run
American Melody, a recording company founded with wife Beth Sommers,
devoted to producing bluegrass and folk music for children and families.
The label's 22 releases thus far feature Phil and a variety of other
noted performers, and have won many awards from the Parents' Choice
Foundation, the American Library Association, and other organizations.
Phil is also a successful songwriter whose original compositions
have been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe,
and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. In 1994, the Connecticut Commission
on the Arts appointed him official Connecticut State Troubadour.
Phil performs currently as a soloist, and in the trio
The Rosenthals with his daughter Naomi Sommers and son Daniel Rosenthal:
Phil Rosenthal offers
private lessons on guitar (folk and bluegrass style, flat picking and
finger picking), 5-string banjo (bluegrass and folk) and mandolin. All
levels are accepted, from rank beginner to seasoned pro! No prior musical
knowledge or experience are necessary. Lessons are taught in Phil's
Guilford, Connecticut, music studio, are 40 minutes long, and can be
scheduled however often you'd like (weekly, monthly, or whenever you're
ready for the next one!) Weekday, evening and weekend times are available.
Rate: $50 per lesson
Contact Phil at (203) 457-0881 or Phil@americanmelody.com