A Country Home for Jessi Phillips 

Like many local artists, the Oakland-based singer longs for a rural past and looks toward a lean future.

Petite, blue-eyed, red-haired singer Jessi Phillips sat outside Arbor Cafe in Oakland last Wednesday, furtively sipping a glass of beer and clutching a hardbound copy of Crazy Heart, the Thomas Cobb cowboy novel that, she said, is not nearly as good as…

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