Black Friday at Metamora

The day after Thanksgiving is known in retail circles as Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year. Those who know me know I'd rather play music than just about anything. Those who really know me know I'd rather go to the dentist than go shopping! So what could be a better way to spend Black Friday than going to one of my favorite venues and playing music with one of my favorite people! Brian Keith Wallen and I will be together for a concert at The Cat and the Fiddle Event Center in Metamora, Indiana, on Friday evening, November 24, at 7:00. In 2013, Brian and I teamed up with Patchwork for a Black Friday evening of music at The Cat and the Fiddle. Since then Catrina Campbell, proprietor of the Cat and the Fiddle, has kept the tradition alive. I'm delighted to be part of this year's show. This typically sells out, so call 513-403-0672 for reservations....
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Benefit Concert for Shelter of Hope

Dean will be in concert at First Christian Church in Ashland, Ky., on Sunday evening December 3 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is a benefit for Shelter of Hope, which is preparing to mark its 30th year providing temporary housing to homeless veterans, families with children, and unaccompanied youth in Boyd and Greenup Counties. Admission is free, and an offering will be taken for Shelter of Hope. A portion of the proceeds from CD sales at the concert will also benefit Shelter of Hope. "Shelter of Hope is looking forward to having Dean Phelps in Ashland, and we appreciate his support as well as the support of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)," said Debbie Sivis, executive director of Shelter of Hope. First Christian Church is located at 1960 Winchester Avenue in downtown Ashland. For more information, call the church at (606) 324-5335....
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Metamora Old Time Music Festival Schedule

Dean Phelps will be appearing at the 2017 Metamora Old Time Music Festival on both Saturday and Sunday. He will offer a thumbpicking workshop again this year, and he will be part of the Sunday morning worship in song at Metamora United Methodist Church. Visit the Metamora Performing Arts web site for more information. Saturday Thumbpicking workshop, 12:00 p.m. Dean on the Side Stage, 6:15-6:45 p.m. Sunday Metamora United Methodist Church, 10:00 a.m. Wallen and Phelps at the Cat and the Fiddle, noon - 2:00 p.m. Wallen and Phelps on the Back Porch Stage, 4:15-5:15 p.m. ...
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Smiles – Live from Red Barn Radio

In the course of coming back home to Kentucky, I had the opportunity to appear twice on the Red Barn Radio program: first on their eighth broadcast of An Appalachian Christmas, where I was privileged to perform with Sarah Kate Morgan, The Local Honeys, and The Sara Holroyd Singers. xProduct()Then it was a thrill to get the invitation to appear on the April 1 broadcast of Red Barn Radio with the Lexington folk duo, One Lane Bridge. Red Barn Radio records its programs live, and so I’m pleased to announce that from those recordings, I am releasing a new live album. My new album, Smiles, was recorded live on the sound stage of Red Barn Radio. Because it’s a live recording, it’s just me and my guitar, warts and all, but I’m very happy with the results. Smiles includes a couple of songs that I’ve not released on earlier albums, like the 1931 song and Toontown theme from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Smile,...
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Red Barn Radio Broadcast, April 1

Red Barn Radio Broadcast Schedule Dean Phelps, One Lane Bridge, and Shannon Modrell: Saturday April 1. Listen online at: WUKY-FM, 8:00 pm EDT WEKU-FM, 9:00 pm EDT Full broadcast schedule available at redbarnradio.com. Cancellations happen. When they happen at the last minute, a producer has to pull a show together in a hurry. Ed Commons, producer of Red Barn Radio, did exactly that for the show that will air on WUKY on April 1. Impromptu Production When the scheduled performer for the April 1 broadcast of Red Barn Radio had to cancel due to illness, I gladly accepted the invitation to step in. One Lane Bridge, a newly formed Lexington folk duo, also stepped up and invited a friend, Shannon Modrell to be part of the evening as well. The show is recorded live the Wednesday before the broadcast. So on March 22, we gathered at ArtsPlace in downtown Lexington for the live show and taping. The three acts, combined with the impromptu production, created a...
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Mountain Roads, Wallen and Phelps

xProduct()Brian Keith Wallen and I are excited to announce the release of Mountain Roads, a collection of seven songs available as a digital download. We had a bundle of fun recording these tracks, and we want to share the toe-tapping, foot-stomping fun with you. At this time, Mountain Roads is only available as a digital download. We may have physical CDs later, but for now you can download some or all of the tracks by visiting our page at Bandcamp.com. Mountain Roads was recorded live in studio at Sawtelle Studio at Swallow Hill Music in Denver, Colo. Because we pretty much set up mics and played, the recordings have a live, front porch feel to them. It's our hope that when you listen, you'll feel like you're at one of our shows or sitting in the living room with us. Mountain Roads Tracks Sitting on Top of the World Farewell Blues Crying Holy Nearer My God to Thee Grateful Heart (a new song by...
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September Shows with Brian Keith Wallen

Brian Keith Wallen tours through Colorado about twice a year, and when he does, we usually schedule a few shows together. This month I'm excited to be playing four gigs with Brian between September 15 and 18. So here's the line up for fans and friends along the Front Range. September Show Dates Thursday, September 15, 8:00 pm - midnight: Ziggie's Live Music, Denver. $5 cover. Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am - noon: Tenn Street Coffee and Books, Denver. Sunday, September 18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Wild Goose Meeting House, Colorado Springs. Meeting Brian A few years ago, I played a concert in Greenfield, Indiana. The promoter contacted me a few days ahead and said, "I've booked an opening act for the show. He's a young guy, but he's pretty good." That's when I first met Brian Keith Wallen. The evening of the concert, as I prepared to play my set, I sat spellbound and maybe a little dumbfounded as I watched Brian move...
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More News from Flat Dean

Flat Dean continues his adventures in Metamora. As folks visit the canal town throughout the summer, they stop by Mosaic Learn and Play, where they get to meet Flat Dean. He seems to be quite the popular character. Metamora is a great place to visit and a worthwhile day trip from just about anywhere in the Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana tri-state area. Drop in Mosaic Learn and Play, say hello to the proprietors, Rick and Holly Garrett, and don't forget to visit with Flat Dean!...
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The Adventures of Flat Dean

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I have an alter ego, Flat Dean, who has been making appearances as of late in and around the canal town of Metamora, Indiana. I am no stranger to Metamora, so it's no wonder that Flat Dean made his first appearance there. Some of my most magical musical moments have happened in that quaint little town, located on the Whitewater River in southeast Indiana. The Champions had our serendipitous beginning during the Old Time Music Festival on Labor Day Weekend in 2011. Every time I have played in the sanctuary of the Methodist church there, I've had a profound experience. Brian Keith Wallen, Rick and Holly Garrett, and I held a reunion concert on Black Friday last year at the Cat and the Fiddle at the Thorpe House. My musical memory has a firm anchor in Metamora. So it's no wonder that Metamora is where Flat Dean first appeared, on the Pickin' Porch at...
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