About

Dean Phelps

Part blues and part old school country, seasoned with a pinch of gospel, Kentucky-born guitarist Dean Phelps combines the rhythmic beat of thumbpick guitar with a soulful vocal style. He stirs his guitar and voice into a repertoire of songs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 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 artist on Red Barn Radio, including the 2016 Appalachian Christmas special. Before returning to Kentucky this year, he performed at Denver area venues like the Oriental Theater and Swallow Hill.

Dean’s most recent solo CD, Picking the Faith, marries the toe-tapping guitar beat of the thumbpicking style with traditional hymns and gospel music that he learned in his youth. His other CD titles include Give Us a Song, which continues to receive radio airplay across the U.S. and Europe.


Dean is one of the nicest, friendliest guys I know, and [he] plays like cool water on a warm summer day.
Dan Bent


Recent Performances

Date City Venue
Apr 29, 2017 Lexington, KY Azur Restaurant and Patio
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: no cover. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3070 Lakecrest Cir. Venue phone: 859-296-1007.
Apr 22, 2017 Nashville, IN Nashville Spice Company
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 58 E Main St. Venue phone: (812) 200-3300. $10 is the suggested donation for this house concert.
Mar 22, 2017 Lexington, KY Red Barn Radio at ArtsPlace
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $8. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 161 N Mill St. Venue phone: (859) 255-2951. Read more about this show:

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