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Kelly Joe Phelps - Lapstyle Slide Guitarist

 Kelly Joe Phelps (born October 5, 1959, Sumner, Washington, United States) is an American musician and songwriter. His music has been characterized as a mixture of delta blues and jazz.

 Initially gaining notice for his solo lapstyle slide guitar playing, which he played by laying the instrument flat and fretting it with a heavy steel bar, he has incorporated more ensemble work in his later albums.

 Inspired by the birth of his daughter Rachel in 1990, Phelps began writing songs. He began singing and released his critically praised debut, Lead Me On, in 1995. This album showcased Phelps' craft, and as well as his own songs, he tackled traditional numbers such as "Motherless Children" and "Fare Thee Well."
 He released his second album, the gospel influenced Roll Away the Stone (1997) and followed it up with 1999's, Shine Eyed Mister Zen.

Kelly Joe Phelps - Wikipedia

 Kelly Joe Phelpsは、主にCountry Blues、Delta Bluesを中心に演奏しているblues singer。Lap slideのstyleを得意としている。(Lap slideは、guitarをひざの上に寝かせて、steel guitarのように演奏する方法。)

 彼の曲には暖か味があり、なぜかBluesを聞いているというよりもBalladを聞いているようなき気になる。下の映像も、そんな曲のひとつ。


Kelly Joe Phelps Goodnight Irene

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