My pal Mike Liebhold writes:
Phillip Roebuck plays a gritty hard edge Appalachian claw-hammer and Scruggs style banjo with punk rock intensity. The bridge between old and new musical styles is completely seamless. Roebuck's sound is completely fresh and original, with a deep Appalachian resonance.
According to my IFTF colleague, Anthony Townsend, a friend of Phil's, he has had a couple of shots at fame but was ultimately disappointed. I hope this time around, the world notices this amazing talent. You can hear a great selection of Phil's stuff on his own site and can see a number of electrifying clips of him playing on YouTube.