Black Friday at Metamora

The day after Thanksgiving is known in retail circles as Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year. Those who know me know I'd rather play music than just about anything. Those who really know me know I'd rather go to the dentist than go shopping! So what could be a better way to spend Black Friday than going to one of my favorite venues and playing music with one of my favorite people! Brian Keith Wallen and I will be together for a concert at The Cat and the Fiddle Event Center in Metamora, Indiana, on Friday evening, November 24, at 7:00. In 2013, Brian and I teamed up with Patchwork for a Black Friday evening of music at The Cat and the Fiddle. Since then Catrina Campbell, proprietor of the Cat and the Fiddle, has kept the tradition alive. I'm delighted to be part of this year's show. This typically sells out, so call 513-403-0672 for reservations....
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Benefit Concert for Shelter of Hope

Dean will be in concert at First Christian Church in Ashland, Ky., on Sunday evening December 3 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is a benefit for Shelter of Hope, which is preparing to mark its 30th year providing temporary housing to homeless veterans, families with children, and unaccompanied youth in Boyd and Greenup Counties. Admission is free, and an offering will be taken for Shelter of Hope. A portion of the proceeds from CD sales at the concert will also benefit Shelter of Hope. "Shelter of Hope is looking forward to having Dean Phelps in Ashland, and we appreciate his support as well as the support of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)," said Debbie Sivis, executive director of Shelter of Hope. First Christian Church is located at 1960 Winchester Avenue in downtown Ashland. For more information, call the church at (606) 324-5335....
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Voices in Harmony, Hearts in Unity

Occasionally, I get to spend a weekend immersed in music, associating with other musicians, sharing, and receiving. This past weekend the SongFarmers Gathering at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, offered just such an opportunity. The weekend reminded me of the importance of group singing, uniting our voices in harmony. It reinforced my belief that as human beings, we are never more closely united than when we sing together. Using that most ancient of instruments, the human voice, draws us together. Songfarmers are members of the Woodsongs Front Porch Association. The annual gathering brings us together for workshops and performances. I participated as a member of the Front Porch Association and had the opportunity to offer performances on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, but I also participated as a member of the Sara Holroyd Singers. Sara Holroyd Singers The Sara Holroyd Singers are a group of University of Kentucky Choristers alumni, people who traveled to the Shaker Village in the late 1970s...
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Going Over Home, 20 Years Ago

This week marked one year since the release of Mountain Roads with Brian Keith Wallen. As I recall the fun of making that record, I'm reminded that it was 20 years ago, in 1997, that I recorded and released my very first album, Going Over Home. That album recalls a lot of good memories and appreciation for the many friends that contributed. Rick Paller not only let me use one of his paintings for the cover art, he also added his guitar skills and production instincts to several tracks. K. B. Travis on bass, well, they don't call him "Killer Bassplayer" for nothing. When it comes to knowing exactly where to lay your track in tastefully, it's hard to match Steve Mayfield. And from the "Uphill Both Ways in the Snow" file, Going Over Home was recorded on 8-track, 1/2-inch tape, on a Tascam 80-8, expertly engineered by Mark Blackburn. I can still picture sitting in the booth, seeing Mark at the...
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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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