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Coming Home to The Winyah Auditorium

    Phillip Lammonds moved from Pawleys Island to Nashville six years ago for fulltime pursuit of his songwriting career. Now he’s returning home for a concert on the stage of the historic Winyah Auditorium in Georgetown. 

    Lammonds spent 38 of his 60 years on this earth in Pawleys Island where he owned what is now Sotheby Real Estate and a marina, all the while travelling back and forth to Nashville to shop his songs to country artists.   It worked and now he’s taking his music to the stage with his first album “Cowboy Things” debuting at The Winyah Auditorium.

    According to his bio, “Success came with cuts by Hootie and the Blowfish (“One Love”), Lee Brice (“Best Part of Me,” “My Carolina), Craig Morgan (“Love Loves a Long Night”) and many others, and over the years, many of those collaborators became close friends.  His world revolved around the twin roles of penning tunes in Nashville and then heading home to fish and raise a family in Pawleys Island where his two children attended Low Country Preparatory School.”

    “Inspired  by Randy Newman, Lynard Sknyrd and Bill Monroe, the North Carolina native began his career with a homespun Americana roots outfit called “The Blue Dogs” and by the 90’s was here in Pawleys Island and began visiting Nashville for writing sessions where he scored tracks for country hitmakers like Kip Moore and Josh Turner and progressive bluegrass stalwarts like The Infamous Stringdusters and Steep Canyon Rangers.”

    “After more than 4,000 songs and decades of under-the-radar appreciation, Lammonds has been pushed out of his shadowy songwriting comfort zone.”  He says, “I just hadn’t done my own album because I didn’t want to be that guy.  I didn’t want to be in the middle of it.”  He blames it all on Lee Brice, the multi-platinum country star and good buddy who became the project’s producer and hosted the two-day recording sessions in his newly  constructed Pumphouse Studios on his farm in Tennessee.

    “Choosing 11 heartfelt, plainspoken tracks from across his career, Lammonds shows off his well-established penchant for worldly wisdom and casual country boy flair featuring his A-list group of friends.  Along with Brice, Darius Rucker, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and even actor Bill Murray (who wrote one of the songs in Cowboy Things), and 90’s hitmaker Pam Tillis who all get involved to showcase Lammonds’ spark.”

    Lammonds may one day return to Pawleys where he’s bought a place at nearby DeBordieu and says “I hope people want to come out and see the debut” of Cowboy Things.

    It promises to be a memorable night Saturday, April 13 at the acoustically friendly and historic Winyah Auditorium on Highmarket Street in Georgetown.