Glen Phillips was fourteen years old when he and guitarist Todd Nichols first began making music together. Together with Dean Dinning and Randy Guss, they soon formed the band Toad the Wet Sprocket, and recorded their first two records before signing with Columbia records in 1989.
Over the next nine years, they released four more records; achieving commercial success with singles including All I Want, Walk on the Ocean, Fall Down and Good Intentions. The band sold a total of nearly four million records and toured relentlessly, breaking up in 1998.
Since the breakup of Toad, Glen has released three full-length solo records, two EPs, and a live record. The Mutual Admiration Society, collaboration with the members of Nickel Creek, released a record in 2004 and toured with the addition of Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). Glen has continued to actively tour, playing an average of 125 shows a year as a solo artist.
Paste Magazine reported. “Phillips has grown beyond Toad the Wet Sprocket, but the purity and sincerity that made it a hit are still at work here.”
Glen has three current band projects. Plover is collaboration with Neilson Hubbard and Garrison Starr, and recently digitally released an eponymous EP.
RemoteTreeChildren is a project with John Askew. RTC is danceable studio/electronica project, and a radical departure from Glen's previous work. Their debut album is available digitally and will be released more broadly later in the year.
Works Progress Administration is a new band featuring Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas Band), Sean and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello) and Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Cracker). Their album was recorded and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty & Wilco) and will be released later in 2009. WPA is a proud supplier of high-quality handcrafted American music.
Glen lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and three daughters.