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Broke Down Engine

by Dan Phelps

This energetic acoustic blues music runs from the haunting eerie sound of Charlie Patton to the power of Son House. All this with a bit of swing thrown in for good measure.
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. Rumblin'
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2. Death Letter
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3. Things 'Bout Comin' My Way
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4. Broke Down Engine Blues
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5. Can't Do Like You Used To
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6. God Don't Never Change
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7. Let Me Lay It On You
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8. Pea Vine Blues
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9. Rollin' and Tumblin'
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10. Mean Ol' Dog
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11. Fallin' Down Blues
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12. Melanie
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Album Notes
"Tasty slide work...and his vocals are...passionate and committed. Keep and eye out for him." Robert Tilling-Blues in Britain

Dan Phelps is a native of Illinois who has been playing guitar professionally for over 18 years. Phelps does one-man shows singing and playing traditional, acoustic blues such as the Delta and slide styles of greats like Son House & Charley Patton as well as ragtime styles like Rev. Gary Davis & Blind Blake.

Phelps has opened for and shared bills with Bob Brozman, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Woody Mann, Mike Dowling, Pat Donohue and C.J. Chenier, among many others. While touring the UK in 2004, Phelps appeared on BBC 2's blues show, hosted by Paul Jones (of Manfred Mann & The Blues Band). Also, his music appeared in a national television commercial in the U.S.

When he's not traveling, he's a regular performer at local clubs, coffeehouses and restaurants, and teaches guitar to over 40 students.

In 2003, Phelps put out his first full-length CD, titled "Broke Down Engine." The CD was produced by Matthew Fox, who has worked with such folk greats as Peter Ostroushko, Kari Larson and Dakota Dave Hull. It was engineered by SM Peterson at Lucid Sound in Minneapolis, Minn. Petersen has worked with a range of performers from local rock bands to Doc Severenson and Ben Sidran.

For more information, visit his website at www.danphelps.net.


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Wolfgang Reimer, Germany

Nice CD ! Back to the blues roots.
Guttural bluesy voice,nice slide guitar sounds, great blues harp.
Nice played good old tunes and music. Likeable CD !
Greetings from Germany.

Matthew Fox

Great hard Delta blues!
Phelps covers a lot of bases here -- from Son House and Charley Patton to Gary Davis and a little swing. What really strikes me is the power with which he plays. Phelps attacks the National with an intensity that the old Delta guys would appreciate and his slide work is right on. Highly recommended for fans of the REAL blues.


Traditional BLUES artist
This man is a traditional blues artist.
OVERALL a great buy.