Folk storyteller

Bruce “Utah” Phillips performed wildly inventive songs with subject matter ranging from love to baseball to the volatile history of the Industrial Workers of the World, the labor movement of which he was a lifelong member. An accomplished songwriter, his “Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia,” “Rock, Salt and Nails,” “If I Could Be the Rain” and “The Goodnight Loving Trail” have been covered by numerous musicians. He gained notice in the 1970s for the novelty tune “Moose Turd Pie.”
Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times
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