"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.