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  • Formed: Athens, GA
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://phosphorescentmusic.com
  • Recent Activity: 01.22.17 I was fightin w temptation. But I didn't want to win. A man like me don't like to see. Temptation giving in.
  • Phosphorescent

  • Phosphorescent


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Athens, Georgia resident Matthew Houck is the sole member of Phosphorescent. Houck's career began in 2000 when he released the Hipolit album under the name Fillup Shack. A tour of England and Spain followed, and while the European press drew comparisons to Bob Dylan and Will Oldham, the London Evening Standard declared him "the most significant American in his field since Kurt Cobain." Houck's first release as Phosphorescent, entitled A Hundred Times or More, appeared in 2003 on the Warm label. The 2004 EP The Weight of Flight was his last release for the label, as the 2005 full-length Aw Come Aw Wry landed on Misra. Two years later the release of Pride began a relationship with the Dead Oceans imprint. To Willie, Phosphorescent's tribute to Willie Nelson, arrived in early 2009, followed by the all-new Here's to Taking It Easy in 2010. In 2013, after extensive international touring, Houck released his sixth album, Muchacho, returning somewhat to the more experimental textures of Pride.

eMusic Features


Interview: Phosphorescent

By Jayson Greene, Senior Editor

On 2010's Here's To Taking It Easy, Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, seemed to have left behind the hippie commune behind him. Armed with the crack country/rock/soul ensemble he'd assembled for his Willie Nelson tribute record To Willie, he crafted a hard-livin', hard-drinkin' country-rock record, a valentine to Gram Parsons, the Stones and more. Maybe this backwoods weirdo had looked in the cracked mirror, combed his beard and made up his mind to pursue his fortunes… more »


  • 01.22.17 I was fightin w temptation. But I didn't want to win. A man like me don't like to see. Temptation giving in.
  • 01.14.17 RT @WaxAndWaneMusic: .@Grandaddy @rideox4 @Phosphorescent @TheShins Thanks for the r/t @Grandaddy Be well.
  • 12.12.16 My monstrous little memory had swallowed me whole. It was the year I officially became the bride of Jesus.
  • 11.30.16 RT @FlashChorus: Such a joy to have @_kaitlingrady join us for @Phosphorescent's #SongForZula! An emotional night at @motorcomh! https://t.…
  • 11.28.16 "Nick's" https://t.co/8RMLGDU62k
  • 11.19.16 I do driver alertness course. I do husband alertness course. I do mermaid alertness course. I watch them out on the rocks. They wave at me.
  • 11.17.16 RT @capitoltheatre: .@phosphorescent we can't wait to see you perform at The Cap for The Complete Last Waltz WED, NOV 23!
  • 11.11.16 Ah, Leonard. Made rise a tower from the dark rough waters. I found much solace, guidance in that spire. Thank you. https://t.co/OUCV9O2IQT
  • 11.09.16 RT @dariusjagjag: Too often in life the nice morality tale doesn't happen: bullies don't win, love trumps hate, etc. But don't for a second…
  • 11.08.16 RT @PhizLair: there are too many great, thoughtful, accomplished men in this world to let a selfish, sexist bore be our most visible male r…
  • 10.11.16 I heard the news today o boy. They hauled your ship up on the shore
  • 10.11.16 I ain't dead yet. My bells still ring. I keep my fingers crossed. Like the early Roman kings