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Fans and folksingers rally to restore Utah's caboose: Benefit aims to aid Monkton landmark

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Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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RIK PALIERI, LEFT, and Stephen Pilcher are the local force behind a June 17 celebration of the late singer-songwriter Utah Phillips, who lived in this caboose in Monkton in the 1970s. Phillips’ music has been performed by such diverse artists as Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco and Debbie Reynolds. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MONKTON — When Stephen Pilcher and wife Deb Gaynor bought their Monkton home 30-some years ago, they didn’t just buy a house and land, they bought a legend.

From 1973 to 1982, the former dairy barn at 126 Covered Bridge Road was the recording studio and administrative headquarters for Philo Records, renowned in folk circles as a label where musicians could make their own music, their own way, with their own integrity.

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