House of Gold

Nobody blurred the line between Saturday night and Sunday morning quite like Hank Williams. Patchwork sings House of Gold with a unique energy, and I always love to hear it. I especially love it, though, when I get to join in. We recorded this during our most recent performance at the Metamora (Indiana, USA) United Methodist Church on August 5. This is a special song, performed by special people in a special place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4as-2e5Jp8 For more video clips, visit the Photos and Videos page....
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Dean Phelps and Patchwork at Metamora UMC

I've written before about how much I enjoy playing music with Rick and Holly Garrett, a.k.a. Patchwork, and about how much I enjoy playing music in the sanctuary of the Metamora United Methodist Church. It's the perfect storm of people and place, and not only do I have fun, but I'm also moved by the experience. I want to invite you to join Holly, Rick, and I at Metamora UMC on Saturday, August 5. The evening kicks off with a Cruise-In Car Show and community dinner starting at 5:00. Then Rick, Holly, and I will take the chancel of the church for a concert starting at 7:00....
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Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar Contest Schedule

The Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar Contest will be held July 28-30 in Nashville, Indiana. Top notch players from around the globe will be there. Here's a look at the schedule. Open Mic Party on Friday night, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the Brown County Inn. Dean will play from 9:45 to 10:15. Competition on Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse. Concert on Saturday, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse. Workshops on Sunday, 9:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Brown County Inn. More information is available at indianastringfest.com....
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Metamora Old Time Music Festival Schedule

Dean Phelps will be appearing at the 2017 Metamora Old Time Music Festival on both Saturday and Sunday. He will offer a thumbpicking workshop again this year, and he will be part of the Sunday morning worship in song at Metamora United Methodist Church. Visit the Metamora Performing Arts web site for more information. Saturday Thumbpicking workshop, 12:00 p.m. Dean on the Side Stage, 6:15-6:45 p.m. Sunday Metamora United Methodist Church, 10:00 a.m. Wallen and Phelps at the Cat and the Fiddle, noon - 2:00 p.m. Wallen and Phelps on the Back Porch Stage, 4:15-5:15 p.m. ...
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Gathered to Remember Dale

The room was full. And loud. People had come out to a karaoke bar in Albuquerque that evening to remember one of their own. He was also my brother. Dale Phelps had passed away at his home a week earlier. He had gotten very sick very fast, and his rapid decline caught us by surprise. As our sister Sue would say, though, as sick as he became, he never lost his “Daleness.” Dale's love of singing was part of what made him who he was. It was a rare occasion when the two of us got together that we didn't pick and sing some of our favorite old gospel hymns. While our dad was living, we would have a nice little three-piece string band. During a stretch when Dale's life’s circumstances pressed him particularly hard, he found refuge and relief in singing karaoke. So it was no wonder that, when he moved to Albuquerque four years ago, he sought out places to sing. During his...
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Smiles – Live from Red Barn Radio

In the course of coming back home to Kentucky, I had the opportunity to appear twice on the Red Barn Radio program: first on their eighth broadcast of An Appalachian Christmas, where I was privileged to perform with Sarah Kate Morgan, The Local Honeys, and The Sara Holroyd Singers. xProduct()Then it was a thrill to get the invitation to appear on the April 1 broadcast of Red Barn Radio with the Lexington folk duo, One Lane Bridge. Red Barn Radio records its programs live, and so I’m pleased to announce that from those recordings, I am releasing a new live album. My new album, Smiles, was recorded live on the sound stage of Red Barn Radio. Because it’s a live recording, it’s just me and my guitar, warts and all, but I’m very happy with the results. Smiles includes a couple of songs that I’ve not released on earlier albums, like the 1931 song and Toontown theme from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Smile,...
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The Old Rugged Cross

It was in November of 1992. I was with Dad in his hospital room, and I had brought a video tape of me singing The Old Rugged Cross in church. We watched it together. He cried. I cried. It would be one of the last times I would spend with him. The cancer that was taking over his body would take his life just a few weeks later. From that moment on, The Old Rugged Cross was not just a page in the hymnbook. Now it touches something deep in me. So when I heard My Brother's Keeper sing this wonderful old gospel song at the taping of their show for Red Barn Radio, they didn't just sing it. They shared it. They turned it loose and let it fill the room. Joy and sorrow welled up in me in such a way that I couldn't tell where one emotion ended and the other began. When I introduced myself to the members of My Brother's Keeper, they...
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Gathered to Remember Monte Edwardson

I considered it an honor to conduct the memorial service as we gathered to remember Monte Edwardson on April 8, 2017. At least 100 folks gathered in Monte and Kathy's garden to share their gratitude for having known and been blessed by Monte. We learned that day just how much Monte's quiet encouragement had meant to so many. Photos from the Day I'll Fly Away Monte asked for two songs at his memorial, and he wanted folks to sing along. One was I'll Fly Away. Thanks go to Tim Truitt for capturing this video. ...
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Monte and Me

Monte Edwardson April 1, 1942 - April 1, 2017 Guitar picker, gardener, and a good man. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. (Colossians 3:16b, NRSV) When I moved to Denver, I got acquainted with other area musicians by attending jam sessions and open mic nights. A few folks who heard me play would ask the same question, "Have you met Monte Edwardson?" When I would reply that I hadn't, each one would say, "Oh, you've got to hear Monte; you two will really get along. You sound a lot alike." Then one Saturday evening, I went to hear Mike McNeil play at La Dolce Vita in Arvada, and Monte was there. Some folks must have told him about me as well, because when I introduced myself, I remember him saying, "I've heard about you." Let me insert here that it's not unusual to be told that you sound like or should meet some other musician. I'm cordial and polite, but...
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