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.
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.
He is Reverend Dean Phelps with no apologies, but even though he’s a Reverend, he’s not very churchy. He’s a regular guy with a fun repertoire, relaxed manner, nice picking, and a friendly way of putting a song across.
If you want to kick back, relax, enjoy toe tapping tunes, soul searching lyrics, gleeful melodies and that overall feeling of ‘Oh gosh, I think I am HAPPY right now!’ . . . then be sure to spend time with Dean Phelps.
Dean is one of the nicest, friendliest guys I know, and [he] plays like cool water on a warm summer day.
The picking is of the highest quality, and as for Phelps’ vocals, no words of praise can depict how sublime they really are.
It was a kind of grace note, undeserved.
The Michigan Traveler
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.
Albums by Dean Phelps
- Ten More Miles (2018): New and traditional Christmas music by Wallen and Phelps.
- Smiles (2017): A live album compiled from two appearances on Red Barn Radio.
- Mountain Roads (2016): A seven-song EP with Brian Keith Wallen.
- Picking the Faith (2012): 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.