Part blues, part old school country, seasoned with pinch of gospel, Dean Phelps combines the rhythmic beat of thumbpick guitar with a soulful vocal style to create a sound reminiscent of performers like Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Doc Watson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Albums by Dean 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.