albums into his career, the jazz guitarist turned acoustic country
blues man has increasingly been balancing old standards an forgotten
nuggets with his own material. For 'Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind',
his current live album, the only non originals included are Skip
James' "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues" and Rev. Gary Davis' "I
am the Light of the World", and while this may not delight the
traditionalists it's difficult to raise much cause for complaint
when you hear dusty voiced Phelps picking his way through the hauntingly
plaintive "Cardboard Box of Batteries"
or the melancholic "Not So Far to Go"."