The Blue Note in Columbia will host Tyler Farr and country newcomer Josh Phillips on Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Josh Phillips called in to the Mid-Mo Morning Show to talk about his career, what it's like opening for Tyler Farr, and to enter The Answer Zone!

"I'm from a really small town just outside of Sanford, North Carolina," said Phillips, who was initially pursuing a career in baseball. "It was baseball my whole life. My dad was a great baseball player, I  was born and bred to play baseball. Then I wound up getting hurt in college, and a girl I was dating had a guitar in her closet. I said 'heck, I like to write stuff down.' I ain't too good about talkin' about my emotions, so I think I'm going to write 'em down and put a little tune to 'em and figure out how to play guitar. I met some great friends around North Carolina, Luke Combs and some other guys, and got some songs cut, and I said 'heck, I can move to Nashville and make money writing songs?' I didn't know that, so I'm going to move to Nashville."

Josh has appeared on on major tours with Brantley Gilbert and Luke Combs, and has hit the road as direct support for Tyler Farr on select dates this spring. "Tyler's a great buddy of mine, just a wonderful human being. It's been cool to go out with just my guitar, just to go out and play some songs...and try to warm them up for Tyler every night."

Josh will play about a 35 minute acoustic set ahead of Tyler Farr at The Blue Note. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. Showtime is 8 p.m.

The Mid-Mo Morning Show Answer Zone

Name a city that you have not yet played, but would love to visit?

LA

When you first met Tyler Farr, was he what you expected

Tyler is exactly what I expected. He's a what you see is what you get. That's why I love him so much.

How many county fairs do you think you've already played in your career?

Oh God! (laughter) I would say, roughly, almost 100. We're right there at it.

If you could only add music to your iPod from one of your Big Machine Records label mates, who would it be?

Brantley Gilbert

What was your first job?

Laying tile. It was what my dad did, I guess it was what they expected me to do, too.

How do North Carolinians pronounce our state? Missour-ee, or Missou-rah?

I say "Missour-ee."