Teddy Phillips - Drums / Percussion
I was born in Robbinsville, NC in May of 1959. I grew up in a small town where there was no theatres, no malls, no fine restaurants, clubs, etc. The only thing that we had for what I would consider entertainment was football and basketball games at the high school. So I played both sports, from elementary school all the way through high school. Well that did not take all my free time, so I started playing drums when I was eight years old, so here we go.
When I was eleven, I started playing with some organized high school students around town. When I was fourteen, I got my first professional job as staff drummer for the “Fontana Ramblers” at Fontana Village, NC. I played there until I was eighteen years old and then went to college at Western Carolina University. I went to W.C.U. on a football scholarship, so I did not have a whole lot of free time, but there were some other players on the team that were musicians, so we started our own band called “Make Believe” which eventually went on to play on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search”. After we all got out of college and got real jobs, we went our separate ways, with most all the guys still playing music and staying in touch and on occasion still get together and play.
So over the past several years “The Chillbillies” band that was started by Tim Irwin, George Massengill, and myself is now one of the most popular party bands in East Tennessee and that we are proud of. Over the years of playing everything from Square Dance Music, Rock N Roll, Country, etc., it has set the tone for The Chillbillies wide variety of music, in which we brand as “Rhythm, Boogie, and Blues”. Come see us and enjoy.