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K Phillips brings old-school vibe to Vilar Performing Arts Center, Oct. 28

BEAVER CREEK — West Texas-born musician K Phillips will bring his old-country vibe to the Vilar Performing Arts Center today for the second-to-last concert of the venue's Underground Sound series. We caught up with Phillips to learn a little more about his storytelling genes, a summer tour with the Counting Crows and his newest album, "Dirty Wonder."

VAIL DAILY: Tell us about your musical roots. What inspired you to pick up a guitar and begin write music at the age of 5, and what was it like playing your first few gigs in your teens? What did you learn from those experiences?

K PHILLIPS: I couldn't talk to other kids as a teen. It was something I always wanted to do. I had uncles in bands. It was my destiny. My roots are in storytelling and country blues. I learned that people want to dance.

VD: When you were 18, a close friend and a girlfriend both died in separate drowning accidents. What kind of an impact did those losses have on your music?

PHILLIPS: I think about death every day. I don't want to die with these songs inside.

VD: How has your music evolved throughout the years? What makes it stand out, and why do you think audiences are drawn to it?

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PHILLIPS: My music is evolved. A Venus flytrap does not change (laughs). I try to connect with people. I tell honest stories. I am here to help.

VD: How did the collaboration come about with Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz on your single "Hadrian"? What was it like touring with the Counting Crows this summer?

PHILLIPS: I asked him to sing on it. It has been life changing — 10,000 people at Red Rocks watched our set.

VD: Tell us a bit about your new album, "Dirty Wonder." Is there a theme to the collection of tracks? Is there a song on the album that's particular close to your heart? Why?

PHILLIPS: It's a breakup record written to one person. It's here to help people get through their breakup. It's a barometer. I love "Had Enough." My friends have told me it's helped them during their hard times.

VD: What can people expect from your live show? How do you connect with the audience, and what makes your shows special?

PHILLIPS: They should come and find out. It's different every night.

If you go …

What: K Phillips, part of the Underground Sound Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $24.

More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.