Glen Phillips plays a solo show at Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Friday, April 5. Here, we talk about the upcoming Toad the Wet Sprocket album, about the sliced nerve that nearly ended Phillips’ guitar playing career and about the two songs we’re streaming here, “Greer Zollar” and “Eden,” from his recent record, “Coyote Sessions.”
Phillips is at least partly responsible for a run of Toad The Wet Sprocket hits including “Walk On The Ocean” and “All I Want.” But the band broke up years ago for the reason bands often do — the players couldn’t get along. But as the years have gone by, and reunion shows have run the gamut from stressful to enjoyable, the band found that “getting along is the new normal,” Phillips said.
But he has plenty of non-Toad output, too, including Mutual Admiration Society (with Nickel Creeks’ Sean and Sara Watkins and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones) and WPA (also with Sean Watkins and others). He said his show at Kirk Avenue will include music from all those periods.