T Spoon Phillips
aka TSP, aka Todd Stuart Phillips,
aka That’s definitely him Officer, I’d know that face anywhere!
The guitarist known as “Spoon,” was born in Findlay, Ohio. After which, he spent far too many years at Ohio University, in Athens, before relocating to New York City after finishing his post-graduate Masters work.
As a solo performer, as well as lead guitarist and founding member of the good-natured rock band, the Cheese Beads, Spoon spent the end of the twentieth century appearing on countless bills at many of the legendary music venues including CBGB’s, the Knitting Factory, McGovern’s, Fez under the Time Cafe, the Space at Chase, the West Bank Cafe, Dixon Place, the Actor’s Playhouse (Midnight Vaudeville), the Atlantic Theater (Dog and Pony Show New York), Westbeth Theater Center, and Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. He also appeared as guitarist for the house band on the Natural Coffeehouse Radio Hour, on NY Public Radio.
More recently, Spoon has performed at such NYC venues as the Living Room, Barbes Brooklyn, the Path Cafe, Freddy’s Back Room, and Caffe Vivaldi, as a featured soloist and in more acoustic-oriented ensembles. including the Paul Ukena Trio, the Highland Shatners, and his own band, Spoonville.
Spoon regularly performs at Martin’s on Main, as part of Martinfest, the annual celebration of Martin Guitars, in Nazareth, PA, and is also currently rehearsing with the Paul Ukena Trio for another year of gigs around New York City.
Spoon with a 1930 Martin OM-28
(photo: Robert Corwin)