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 blends his guitar and voice into a wide repertoire, creating a sound that is reminiscent of performers like Merle Travis and Doc Watson with a hint of Leon Redbone.

The result is music to make you smile, darn ya, smile. Or, in the words of one testimonial, “If you want that overall feeling of ‘Oh gosh, I think I am happy right now,’ be sure to spend time with Dean Phelps.”

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What to Expect

As a solo acoustic guitarist and vocalist, Dean Phelps provides musical entertainment for a variety of settings. He plays a family friendly repertoire in an entertaining and engaging style. He is equally at home playing in cafes, restaurants, concert venues, churches, private parties, and business gatherings. He astutely recognizes what is required and tailors his performance to fit the setting.

Set List Examples


The picking is of the highest quality, and as for Phelps’ vocals, no words of praise can depict how sublime they really are.
Russell Hill


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.