Part blues, part old school country, 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.
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
Dean is one of the nicest, friendliest guys I know, and [he] plays like cool water on a warm summer day.
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.
The picking is of the highest quality, and as for Phelps’ vocals, no words of praise can depict how sublime they really are.
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.
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
- 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.