About

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 stirs 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.

Dean has earned both local and national recognition for his guitar playing, winning the National 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.

Performances

Dean’s live performances have been well received in a variety of venues. He is equally at home playing in cafes, restaurants, concert venues, churches, private parties, and business gatherings. He is astute at recognizing what is required and tailoring his performance to fit the setting.

Dean has appeared as the featured artist on Red Barn Radio, including the 2016 Appalachian Christmas special. Before returning to Kentucky this year, he performed at Denver area venues like the Oriental Theater and Swallow Hill.

Recordings

Dean’s most recent solo CD, Picking the Faith, marries the toe-tapping guitar beat of the thumbpicking style with traditional hymns and gospel music that he learned in his youth. His other CD titles include Give Us a Song, which continues to receive radio airplay across the U.S. and Europe.

Since Picking the Faith came out in 2012, Dean has released Mountain Roads, a seven-song set with blues guitarist Brian Keith Wallen, and Smiles, a collection of live recordings made for Red Barn Radio.


It was a kind of grace note, undeserved.
Ellen CreagerThe Michigan Traveler


Recent Performances

Date City Venue
Jul 15, 2017 Lexington, KY Azur Restaurant and Patio
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3070 Lakecrest Cir. Venue phone: 859-296-1007.
Jun 24, 2017 Indianapolis, IN Southport Christian Church
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 201 E Epler Ave. Dean performs at the Southport Strawberry Festival.
Jun 3, 2017 Georgetown, KY Slainte Public House
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 320 E Main St. Venue phone: (502) 642-4631.

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