BLUES MATTERS
By DAVE SCOTT
February/March 2007

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KELLY JOE PHELPS Continues To Tell Stories
Athough tunesmith Kelly Joe Phelps began his career as a jazz and experimental musician he plays, sings and writes the Blues with more conviction than most contemporary Blues artists, influenced by the likes of Robert Pete Williams and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Kelly has cemented his reputation as one of the few great modern storytellers, over the years creating an individual sound, which is both mystical and inspirational, no more evident than on his 2006 Rounder debut “'Tunesmith Retrofit”. As “Tunesmith Retrofit” sees Kelly reaching out to a larger audience, Blues Matters! felt it was time we reached out also…

“One of my musical goals has always been trying to understand my particular musical influences to the point that I can absorb them, identify with them, have them project through me cohesively in combination with whatever other ideas may exist outside of these. This new record is pointed toward a broader pallet, I think, than previous. Hence tributes to Dave Van Ronk, and Chris Whitley, and three instrumentals.”

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