Kelly Joe Phelps

Kelly Joe Phelps who is known for his blues and gospel guitar picking is on the road in support of his new solo release Brother Sinner and the Whale. Kelly Joe grew up in Sumner, Washington and learned country and folk songs, as well as drums and piano, from his father. After a ten-year jazz phase, playing mostly bass, he moved on to country blues, inspired by masters like Fred McDowell, and took up slide guitar, which he played lapstyle. Since then, he’s made 11 albums of his own, and also recorded with Jay Farrar, Rory Block, Linda Tillery, Tim O’Brien, Greg Brown, Tony Furtado, Martin Simpson, and Townes Van Zandt. His music is subtle. He manages to convey a wealth of emotion in the shading of his voice and the slightest touch on his guitar. In the words of the online magazine PopMatters, Kelly Joe “speaks directly to your soul. If that isn’t the stuff of legends, I don’t know what is.”

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PRICE
  • $15 / $13 students and members
CONTACT INFO
  • Phone: 822-1575
  • Email: info@arcataplayhouse.org
  • Web site
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