I cannot believe I got this record for $0.99, at Sonic Boom! That’s a disservice to Mr. Phelps! It’s worth full price every time. I first heard his work through CDs I found at the Saskatoon Public Library over ten years ago, and I’m ashamed to admit he’s not an artist I’ve heard in ages. I have been totally remiss!
The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 27 (CD)
Oh wow I love this album. Phelps is described as a blues artist, but he’s more, too. There are folk and Americana layers to the songs here that reward the listener constantly.
Phelps’ guitar playing is stellar, full of restraint and power equally. His lyrics are stories, and the blues is ever-present. This band is perfect.
Add appearances by Bill Frissell, Jesse Zubot, and Petra Haden (among others), and this is one of my biggest scores this trip!