Singer of Songs, Breaker of Bread

Dean Phelps

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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 with just a hint of Leon Redbone.


Latest Release

How Can I Keep from Singing contains fourteen selections from the Sunday Morning Hymns collection.

How Can I Keep from Singing (CD)
A selection of 14 hymns from Dean's Sunday Morning Hymns collection.
Price: $10.00
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How Can I Keep from Singing (Digital)
Digital download of How Can I Keep from Singing, selections from the Sunday Morning Hymns collection. Released 2022.
Price: $5.00

Phelps … has fallen in love with some of America’s first authentic music — the folk and gospel from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The haunting melodies and hopeful lyrics seem to bring a positivity that appeals … to audiences as well.
Ryan Trares

Sunday Morning Hymns

When the COVID-19 pandemic moved worship out of sanctuaries, I drew on some of my favorite hymns and gospel songs, sharing a video performance of a hymn each Sunday morning. Even as we begin to gather in person again, I am continuing to offer hymns, hoping they will bring comfort and peace. Watch and listen to Sunday Morning Hymns.