T Bone Burnett's Ex Finds Her Voice

At first some of the mini musical segments for TV came from songs Phillips had already written, but soon that morphed into developing musical phrases that later bloomed into full songs, such as Fan Dance's "Had a Dream" and A Boot and a Shoe's "Love Changes Everything." It kept the songwriter limbered up for her own projects.

Yet, the "Gilmore" demise hurt in more ways than one. "I loved that show, and I could relate to it -- all the heart and faith, the wit and sensitivity," Phillips says. "It's funny, when I started out I was a mom raising a daughter with my husband. Then four or five years into the series, I became a single mom, and it was as if the people writing the scripts were reading my mail. I guess you've got to be careful about what jobs you take on."

Sam Phillips will hit the road later this year with her band. Go to samphillips.com for soon-to-be-announced tour dates.

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