Philip Sterk

pedal steel, lap steel, dobro


Aug 3, 2018

Well, its been a minute since I've posted here.  A lot has transpired over my first full year here in Nashville.  All of it has been such a rush.  The top of the list may have to be a true "bucket" list item.  Playing the The Grand Ole Opry is one of those things that feels historical to many in the careers of country music, and I too am susceptible of the honor of playing that stage.  Earlier this week, I was asked to back up a prolific songwriter and entertainer by the name of Elizabeth Cook.  What a treat!!!  I thank my lucky stars everyday for opportunities such as these.  Onward!

Photo: Kristine Potter

Photo: Kristine Potter


Oct 11, 2017

Earlier this year I recorded on a song for Osei Essed that has been on ongoing project he and Tim Fite have been working on for a little while.  The project consists of reinterpreting the songs of Paul Robeson.   Today this reinterpretation was released to the world.  Enjoy.


Feb 19, 2017

I recently had a bit part in the soundtrack of a great documentary named Tower.  The original music was written by my longtime friend Osei Essed.  As told in the New York Times review - "The haunting documentary “Tower” revisits a 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin that shocked the country. It may be difficult to comprehend the reaction to the horror of Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old student who shot more than a dozen dead, wounding more than twice as many. A cover story in Life magazine suggested just how alien the carnage seemed at the time, noting that during the rampage Whitman’s actions were “so outrageous, so hard to grasp, that people could not believe it.” Many more mass shootings later, it’s now tragically easy to believe."

It is currently being broadcast on Independent Lens on PBS.   Please check it out.


June 5, 2016

Last year I was lucky enough to record with Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear of Grizzly Bear fame, on the recently released Grateful Dead compilation put together called called "Day of the Dead".  The song is is a great rendition of "High Time".  The release benefiting the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.