Phil Rosenthal began his professional career in the 1970’s with New England-based bluegrass bands Apple Country and Old Dog. In 1977, he joined The Seldom Scene, recording seven albums with the band and receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on Scene 20. In 1986, he left the group to manage American Melody, a recording company founded with wife Beth Sommers, devoted to bluegrass and folk music for children and families. Phil is also a successful songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. In 1994, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts appointed him official Connecticut State Troubadour.