The Pacific Northwest songwriter’s Steve Dawson-produced new release and 9th full length album marks his triumphant return to slide guitar on a dozen beautifully rendered acoustic gospel blues songs. “Brother Sinner and the Whale” was released by Black Hen Music on August 21 & Kelly Joe Phelps will perform at The Minstrel Café & Bar on December 3rd.
“it’s still amazing to consider how three days spent in a recording studio have allowed Phelps to redefine who he is as an artist with a solo record that builds on all of his lyrical, compositional and technical strengths to form the best album of his career. Performing Songwriter
“beautifully-executed set of 12 songs in the folk-blues tradition, with the ghost of Mississippi John Hurt smiling down on Phelps’s graceful fingerpicking and lyrical slide.”
The Montreal Gazette
“This is affecting rural music, from the gifted acoustic guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps, who trades in his lap slide for fluid finger-picking and nimble bottle-necking as he abandons straight country-blues for spiritual concerns.” The Globe and Mail
“beautifully crafted acoustic gems.” Cashbox
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