Palo Alto, California Phil

Name: Philip Jeptha Edward Campbell

Residence:  Palo Alto, CA

Age: 56

Profession:  I am a professional musician and music teacher.

Are there any websites, twitter IDs, or other social media information you want us to mention on this page?  Here is a video excerpt of my band Hobbyhorse playing part of our version of the traditional ballad “John Barleycorn.”

Hobbyhorse is also on the internet at these sites:

Also, we also have an internet radio station dedicated to instrumental guitar music.  RadioGuitar can be found at:

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Why do you enjoy them?  My musical profession is also my hobby.  I play guitar, mandolin, mandola, piano and a few other instruments.  I have loved playing music since I was 7 years old.

When did you first hear about the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama?  I first heard of Phil Campbell, Alabama in 1995 when Brooklyn Phil Campbell contacted me about the first gathering.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend at that time.

Were you able to attend the Phil Campbell Hoedown of June 2011? Yes! Thanks to the efforts and generosity of Brooklyn Phil Campbell, Phil Campbell of Maryland and a friend of Maryland Phil’s, I was able to attend using donated frequent flyer miles.

If you did go to the Hoedown, what did you think of the experience?  It was great!  I live in the heart of Silicon Valley and Phil Campbell, Alabama is a very different world. The people of Phil Campbell are among the nicest and most hospitable people I have ever met. I had many conversations with residents where within a couple of minutes it already seemed like we were old friends. I was impressed with everyone’s resilience and determination to rebuild the town. The hoedown was fun and very entertaining.  The other side of it is that I had never before seen the aftermath of a tornado – it is almost impossible to describe the magnitude of the destruction.  It was an honor to be able to help out the town in my small way.  It was also great to meet and hang out with the other Phil Campbells who came with a common purpose.

You are a Phil Campbell. What do you think of that name?  I like my name. I might have been named Jeptha Edward Campbell after my father, grandfather and great grandfather. But my mother preferred to name me after one of her brothers, so I became Philip Jeptha Edward Campbell instead.

Tell us a little about yourself, as many words as you would like. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1978 I moved to Palo Alto, California and took a job in the tech industry. In 2006 I left my career as an engineer and became a teacher of guitar and piano. I love playing music and teaching music. My students constantly inspire me. Most inspiring of all is my girlfriend Annie who is my partner in our band Hobbyhorse, our radio station and in life.

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