Kelly Joe Phelps
Kelly Joe Phelps is a singer and guitarist with depth, range and amazing technique. His smoky voice and intricate, subtle guitar work infuse his songs with soul and honesty, his own tunes as effortlessly authentic as the classics he performs so well.
Kelly Joe Phelps is an American musician and songwriter. His music has been characterized as a mixture of delta blues and jazz. While casual listeners may call Phelps a bluesman, his playing is so fluid, dexterous, and improvised he obviously has the soul of a jazz musician.
1994: Lead Me On, (Burnside)
1997: Roll Away the Stone, (Rykodisc)
1999: Shine Eyed Mister Zen, (Rykodisc)
2001: Sky Like a Broken Clock, (Rykodisc)
2002: Beggar’s Oil (Rykodisc)
2003: Slingshot Professionals, (Rykodisc)
2005: Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind, (Rykodisc/True North)
2006: Tunesmith Retrofit, (Rounder)
2009: Western Bell, (Black Hen)
2010: Magnetic Skyline with Corinne West (Make)
2012: Brother Sinner and the Whale, (Black Hen)
2013: Roll Away the Blues: The Very Best of, (Nascente)
Blues is a musical genre known as the folklore of African-American musicians. Its origins are associated with the southern states of the USA, that is the region conventionally called the “deep south”. The very name of the genre (sadness, despair) is related to its nostalgic form, also in the textual layer. Blues pieces touch male-female relationships as well as feelings and emotions (love, loneliness, faithfulness, jealousy). However, blues performers often sing about freedom, work and travel. The songs also feature social criticism relating mainly to racial inequality and political issues.
Many artists are inspired by blues music and combine it with other styles. In this way, such musical mergers as punk blues, soul blues or blues rock. The popularity of this genre in the USA has led to the emergence of regional varieties, such as Louisiana, New Orleans, Texas and Detroit blues. There are also factions characteristic of other countries – British blues and African blues.
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