Tickets are now available for Philip Sayce at The Garage!
Sayce is a guitarist who plays electric blues, hard rock, and tough psychedelia. Initially born in Aberystwyth, but when he was two years old, his family moved to Canada. Sayce grew up in Toronto, where his parents raised him on classic rock and blues. His favourite were Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Ry Cooder. His love for music developed early on, and began learning to play guitar on a Sears acoustic given to him by his folks, as well as learning piano and trombone.
Sayce started his first band when he was just 15, and at 16 he began appearing regularly at Grossman’s Tavern, a Toronto venue featuring open blues jams. It didn’t take long for him to develop a loyal following in Toronto. In 1996, he released his debut album ‘The Philip Sayce Group’. When Canadian blues guitarist Jeff Healey heard Sayce’s playing, he asked him to join the band. Sayce signed on in 1997, and worked with Healey for over three years, appearing on the album Get Me Some.
In 2000 he moved to California and landed a gig with Uncle Kracker He then played in his road band and on the album ‘No Stranger to Shame’ (2002). A casual meeting between Sayce and producer John Shanks led to his next job. Shanks was scouting a new guitarist for Melissa Etheridge, and after hearing Sayce at a blues jam, he recommended him for the job. From 2004-2008, Sayce was part of Etheridge’s band, appearing on three of her studio albums. As well as two live releases. In 2009, he relaunched his solo career, releasing the album ‘Peace Machine’.
He also released ‘Innerevolution’ (2010), ‘Ruby Electric’ (2011) and ‘Steamroller’ (2012) not long after. Sayce toured diligently with his road band, sharing stages with the likes of ZZ Top and Deep Purple. And in 2013, Sayce performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in New York City. In 2015, Sayce struck a deal with Warner Bros. Canada, and that year he put out his first major-label solo effort, Influence.
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