Dean Phelps plays heart-friendly songs to the toe-tapping beat of Travis-style guitar.
Although Dean has been singing, playing guitar, and performing for over 40 years, during the last few years he has developed the thumbpicking style of guitar playing that was made popular by players like Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. That style is prominently featured on Dean's latest release, Picking the Faith. Along the way he has earned local and national recognition for his guitar playing, such as a ﬁrst place championship in the national thumbpicking guitar contest at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark., in 2012 and being named thumbpick guitar champion at the Indiana State Picking and Fiddling Championship in 2010.
Dean’s latest CD project, Picking the Faith, marries the toe-tapping guitar beat of the thumbpicking style with traditional hymns and gospel music. This combination reﬂects Dean’s musical roots and the inﬂuence of pickers like Merle Travis and Doc Watson.
"This album brings together two loves for me," he says, "My love of the old hymns and gospel music that I grew up with and my recently discovered love of thumbpicking guitar."
Picking the Faith is Dean’s ﬁrst CD release since Give Us a Song in 2008, which continues to receive radio airplay in the U.S. and Europe. He also release This Old House in 2006 and Going Over Home in 1997.