BLUES MATTERS
By DARREN HOWELLS
February 2005

"A live album from Kelly Joe Phelps to follow the magnificent 'Slingshot Professionals'. With this release, Kelly had a dizzyingly high standard to live up to and he instantly kept me on-side as his captivating (almost hypnotic) vocals carried me through the opener 'Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues'. The album also features an astonishing rendition of Reverend Gary Davis' 'I Am the Light of the World', with the rest made up of favorite Kelly Joe originals. This is one of the most intimate recordings; dim the lights, close your eyes and it almost seems like Kelly Joe is giving you a private personal performance in your living room - a really special listening experience. A truly inspirational collection of songs that will breathe new life into those mistreated speakers."

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