Enigmatic Columbus rocker Willie Phoenix has long been heralded by his fellow musicians. Writing in "Hitless Wonder," Watershed singer/bassist Joe Oestreich said, "He sang like Wilson Pickett, wore his Telecaster upside down like Hendrix, and had Elvis Costello's gift for cutting a pop gem. He didn't play second to James Brown when putting on a show. He's as good as we've ever seen."

Enigmatic Columbus rocker Willie Phoenix has long been heralded by his fellow musicians. Writing in "Hitless Wonder," Watershed singer/bassist Joe Oestreich said, "He sang like Wilson Pickett, wore his Telecaster upside down like Hendrix, and had Elvis Costello's gift for cutting a pop gem. He didn't play second to James Brown when putting on a show. He's as good as we've ever seen."

Now Phoenix has inspired a host of local heavyweights, including singer/guitarist Colin Gawel (Watershed), bassist Matt Reber (New Bomb Turks), drummer Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks, Operators) and singer/guitarist Andy Harrison (Howlin' Maggie), to gather under the moniker of the Willie Phoenix Tribute Machine to pay tribute to his legacy. The newborn crew, which recently started streaming a handful of cover tunes via BandCamp, will be on hand at Little Rock on Thursday, March 5, for a listening party and to swap stories and throw back some pints. Visit pencilstorm.com for more information.