Dean Phelps combines the rhythmic beat of thumbpicking guitar with a soulful vocal style. Part blues and part old school country, Dean stirs that style 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 players 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.

If you like your music wrapped around you like a comfortable sweater….that’s exactly what you’ll find here. It’s a rare treat.
Rick Garrett



    • 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.