The B Side is a popular Walla Walla-based band that features an eclectic mix of music that appeals to just about everyone. Formed by Phil Lynch and Kate Morrison in 2011 (or so), the duo combine jazz standards, obscure rock, pop and show tunes together with unique originals with a fun and playful presentation that fits just about anywhere.

About Phil: Originally from Orange County, California, Phil earned his Bachelor of Arts in music from California State university – Long Beach. He has been a professional guitarist for more than 40 years, performing his unique style of jazz, blues, rock and rockabilly in clubs and musical theater form Los Angeles to Seattle. He moved to the Walla Walla Valley in 2003 to teach guitar and band at Whitman College and DeSales High School. He’s an active volunteer for the Walla Walla Summer Rock Camp each year, and is a highly sought-after guitar instructor, a well-respected music teacher and community member, and a very gifted musician.

About Kate: Vocalist and musician Kate Morrison was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and began vocal training during junior high school, studying throughout high school and college in the Pacific Northwest. Performing in competitions for classical vocal music, she placed among the top vocalists in the State of Oregon and won many awards, including the coveted National Arion Award for Music. After living in Walla Walla, Washington, for more than 20 years, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and co-founded Kate & The Crocodiles with Gavin Bondy and Craig Bidondo, as well as with Phil Lynch in The B Side. She plays and teaches baritone ukulele, tenor guitar and tenor banjo…and sometimes a toy drum set (yes, you read that right).

Kate’s sings with noteworthy warmth, grace, wit, and intimacy, performing often as an invited guest soloist with myriad groups—including Pink Martini, as a guest vocalist alongside Ari Shapiro, Edna Vazquez and The VonTrapps in performances with the Utah Symphony. Portland Chamber Orchestra and Walla Walla Symphony Conductor, the late Yaacov Bergman describes Kate as a vocalist with, “A sense of musicality and intonation that is impeccable. I love the color of her voice.”

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