New York-based Americana-blues veteran Phil Gammage released his eighth solo album, Used Man For Sale, just over a month ago. Gammage’s music has previously been included in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials on broadcast channels like PBS, A&E, and MTV.
While playing live is his thing, like his performances at the CBGB Music Festival in 2013 and 2014, and touring with kindred spirit musicians, Gammage also connects on his records, bringing a sincere and tuneful style to his compositions. For Used Man For Sale, Gammage (lead vocals, guitars, vibes, keyboards, harmonica) enlisted the talents of Frank DiNunzio III (bass, backing vocals), Johnny Young (piano, keyboards), Michele Butler (backing vocals), and Kevin Tooley (drums, production).
A video has been released for the single “Arms of a Kind Woman” and like the personable Gammage, it’s a straightforward and unfussy video (done in black ‘n’ white) focusing on his musical delivery. The piano lounge tune starts with slow reverberating pulls of shiny longing harmonica and a measured beat of brushed drums.
Plinked piano lines tiptoe around Gammage’s direct vocals as he exclaims in a dusky, resonant tone, “The skies seem so cold / When the world feels so old / There is salvation / In the arms of a kind woman.” Gammage balances the bleak with the hopeful on “Arms of a Kind Woman”, opting for optimism on chorus sections that are bolstered by the low thrum of upright bass, curls of subdued steel guitar, and light piano tinkling.