(b. 1963 in Galveston, Texas
) is an American singer-songwriter
known for her humorous and topical songs. Phillips has been openly gay throughout her life and her lesbianism
has inspired much of her material.
Phillips grew up in Houston
. Her parents were musicians, and she played music from childhood. After graduating from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, she decided move to Austin, Texas
to become a professional performer.
Meat Joy, Girls in the Nose, and Two Nice Girls
Phillips was a member in three influential area bands in the mid-eighties: the punk band Meat Joy (with Jamie Lee Hendrix, Melissa Cobb Unit, John Hawkes
-under the name John Boy Perkins, and Tim Pierre Mateer), the rock band Girls in the Nose (with Pam Barger, Kay Turner, Joanna Labow, and Darcee Douglas), and the country/disco/rock/folk/pop band Two Nice Girls
(with Pam Barger, Laurie Freelove, Meg Hentges, and Kathy Korniloff). Two Nice Girls attracted national attention with Phillips' song "I Spent My Last $10 (on Birth Control and Beer)" which satirized heterosexual relationships.
Bands and Solo Projects Since
Since the break-up of Two Nice Girls, Phillips has been part of The Gretchen Phillips Experience (with Andy Loomis, Thor Harris
, John Paul Keenon, and Jo Walston), Dusty Trails (with Josephine Wiggs
and Vivian Trimble), Phillips & Driver (with David Driver), Lord... Read More