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Dean Phelps

Toe-Tapping Tunes to Make You Smile, Darn Ya, Smile

Dean Phelps, SInger of Songs, Breaker of Bread
Dean Phelps

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 folds 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 a hint of Leon Redbone.

Dean has earned both local and national recognition for his guitar playing, winning the Thumbpicking Guitar Contest at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark., and being named thumbpick guitar champion at the Indiana Picking and Fiddling Championship.

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.
Jill Ditmire
Dean Phelps at LexJam
Photography by David McRae
Dean Phelps at the Twisted Cork, Lexington
Photography by Kay Foley
Overtones, hosted by Renee Collins
In studio at the Lyric Theater, recording for Overtones. Photo by Warren Cobb.