Phil Cook is a master collaborator, a martyr, a humanitarian, a philanthropist, a philosopher, a musician, and a father. He is one of the few people I have met that is as if not more interesting as he looks on paper. Initially, I was going to try and inscribe my and Ryan’s interview with Cook we both were in agreement that it would quite serve the moment any justice in written form.

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If you’re asking yourself, “Who is Phil Cook?” do not feel as though you are behind on the latest and greatest (even though you are). I, myself, admittedly did not know much about Phill Cook before sitting down next to him at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday afternoon. The most important thing to do is to take a listen and learn who he is and what he does, how he circumnavigates the universe – and his reason(s) behind it all. He is a marvelous and articulate human being, an inspiration and a joy.

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Photo’s of Phil Cook’s Southland Revue at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival on July 24th, 2016.

Photos by Patrick Murphy

Jillian Tullgren

Jillian Tullgren is the Lifestyle Editor of What'sUpNewp. She enjoys a quality cup of properly steeped green tea and only writes in a black Moleskin. Follow her on Instagram @gypseachild.