It’s been more days than I would care to count that I put my guitar away and waded out into the world searching for a more "economically sustainable entrepreneurial endeavor". In that search I have experienced the ups and downs of this so-called "better" life. I have been blessed to have what I consider a great deal of success in the past 7 years, however I have also tasted the flip-side...and trust me when I say, even a warm beer taste better. In the midst of my pursuit, unexpected life events have occurred...things I never truly saw coming.
Please know, I am not looking for sympathy, as friends and loved ones who know me and more who will soon get to know me, as a songwriter I want you, the listener, to know about the real “who I am” me, so-to-speak. I have done my best to sail through my personal "storm of the century"…but unfortunately, like many others who have sailed similar paths, sometimes the captain goes down with the ship. Thank God this captain brought along a life raft. Yep, I hopped in the raft to not only salvage what was left, but to go back, so to speak, before the storm occurred and chart a new course, one I have never truly followed through to being successful, in my eyes that is. My passion. My music. Sail on.
I have closed that chapter in my life and returned to the place I feel I belong, both creatively, mentally, spiritually and hopefully physically soon as well. With my first real album in many years, Out Of The Garage is a reflective, yet clear-eyed album for those dark times, where I reflect upon the changes in both my personal life, my family, my friends and the town I once called home. I have stripped these songs down to just the bare necessities. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you will join me out on the road for an acoustic show, or perhaps invite me into your home for a private “Home Concert:” Till we meet again, keep on keeping on.
"When We Played is as much a spilling of his soul as it is a middle-aged mans realization that life is what it is. It's dark, it's rough around the edges and beautiful to listen to while sipping on a cold, adult beverage...clearly like this singer/songwriter intended." D. Demonge
"There are different times in our lives, inevitable things occur, good and bad...and McClary writes about those things in somewhat simplistic, honest ways that only someone who has truly lived through those things could write about. The first tune,.A Runners Remorse is perhaps the most honest song I have heard in years about aging and the stress of the daily grind." G. McCoy
"I have been fortunate to call Phil my friend for more than 35 years. We sang together, we partied together and we rocked together. Those were truly some good old days, however it's the days after that he now writes about with such clarity that sometimes I feel I might not really know the real Phil anymore. But that is fine, because I love what I am hearing. He is what I call a percussionist guitarist, relying heavily on rhythms and smacks...couple that with his voice that is reminiscent to Harry Chapin and Neil Finn, and boom...it's a wonderful mix to drink down. He pours his heart and soul into every tune. He's still as crazy as sh#$ too, which makes him funny as hell. Go see him, you will not be disappointed...if Phil was here he would probably follow that last line up with"that's what she said". " H. B.