Phil Phillips vocals (in memoriam)

Phil sang all of his life. He sang in the choir in high school as well as in the Kentucky Opera Association, All State and the Louisville Youth Choir.


Phil earned a degree in Voice and Theatre Arts. During his college days he was in the well known band, Counterpoint. After that, Phil spent time in the Theatre Workshop of Louisville and the Homecoming Festival Theater Company.  It’s safe to say that Phil is very comfortable with the stage whether it’s acting or singing.

Phil was also a veteran following in his dad's footsteps.


Phil was family to and a big part of the Tarnation’s sound. We will always honor him and his golden microphone!


We will miss Phil. he passed on November 12th, 2016 after a very short battle with cancer.

Wes Burgiss keyboards

Wes first started playing keyboards in college. He was influenced early on by blues artist such as Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers, BB King etc. After college, he attended Art School in Florida at the Ringling College of Art and Design. While living in Sarasota, he ran into locals that were friends with a few of the members in the Allman Brothers. A few jams later and Wes was asked to audition for the Allman Brothers, and did... and that’s another story. A long story for another day.


Wes has found a deep love for fusion, funk and jazz. Playing in bands for years on the road and at home, he still loves to go back to where it all began.... the blues. Nothing is more fun for him than the opportunity of playing out with the hope that you enjoy all of what he brings into his music.

nick wooldridge bass Guitar

Nick has been playing music for most of his life. He has been in a variety of local and regional bands. While attending the University of Lousivlle School of Music, he was selected by the prestigeous Hunstville Symphony Orchestra to serve as principal chair of the bass section. He was the youngest person to be choosen for that orchestra and continues with the HSO today. Nick also performs as bassist for the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

Beyond classical, Nick has a real passion for jazz, funk and a variety of other music genres. He also is very gifted on keyboards when he is not playing his stand up bass or electric bass guitar. His knowledge of music, his ear and his ability to walk away from the written notes on a piece of sheet music and throw down some funk is as stunning as being the youngest person ever selected for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

jarrett nash drums

A native of Louisville,  Jarrett first started playing drums as a fourth grader in 1996.  His style when performing any genre reflects his classical Jazz roots.  Other influences include Stanton Moore, Carter Beauford, and Neil Peart.  As a freshman in high school,  Jarrett performed with a Bellarmine University Jazz Combo under the instruction of Jeff Sherman. While attending University of Louisville, Jarrett performed in a Jazz Combo at the University of Louisville School of Music Jazz Studies Department under the direction of Tyrone Wheeler.  At the time the Jazz department was

led by the Grammy nominated John LaBarbera.  Jarretts first band, the Family Jewelz, began as a jam-band formed around childhood friend Marc Najjar and brother Phil.  Jarrett joined The Tarnations in the summer of 2015.  He also is currently involved in studio-based work with Dude Plays Saxophone, LoudLike, and Caroline and the Mighty Fines.

Dustin Wooldridge Guitar

Dustin has the same set of genes for music that his brother Nick has.... he is very versatile both on the electric guitar and on the slide guitar. His knowleddge of music is wide and diverse and no matter the genre, Dustin picks right up on it and adds his own to it.

Has been playing music since he was a young child and has been in many bands playing locally and regionally. Some of those verntures included his brother Nick and our drummer Jarrett nash. It is good to get them all back together again.

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