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Mountain Roads, seven songs from Wallen and Phelps

If you want to kick back, relax, enjoy toe tapping tunes, soul searching lyrics, gleeful melodies and that overall feeling of ‘Oh gosh, I think I am HAPPY right now!’…. then be sure to spend time with Dean Phelps.
Jill Ditmire


Dean PhelpsDean Phelps combines the rhythmic beat of thumbpicking guitar with a soulful vocal style. Part blues and part old school country, Dean stirs his guitar and voice into a repertoire of songs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries along with a few pages out of the hymnal, creating a style that is reminiscent of performers like Merle Travis and Doc Watson.

Dean has earned both local and national recognition for his guitar playing, winning the National Thumbpicking Guitar Contest at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark., and being named thumbpick guitar champion at the Indiana Picking and Fiddling Championship.

Dean has appeared as the featured guest on Red Barn Radio and has performed at Denver area venues like the Oriental Theater and Swallow Hill.

Albums

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  • Picking the Faith (2012): A collection of hymns and gospel songs in the thumbpicking Travis style.
  • Give Us a Song (2008): An acoustic tribute to singer-songwriter roots.
  • This Old House (2006): Exploring a variety of musical influences.
  • Going Over Home (1997): Songs of faith, still available as a digital download.
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