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.”
What to Expect
As a solo acoustic guitarist and vocalist, Dean Phelps provides musical entertainment that is appropriate 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.
What’s on the Set List?
Dean’s set lists merge his love for “songs that are older than him” with the music of the artists and singer-songwriters that have influenced his musical journey.
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.
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 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.
The picking is of the highest quality, and as for Phelps’ vocals, no words of praise can depict how sublime they really are.
It was a kind of grace note, undeserved.
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