Dan has the gruff singing style associated with some of the blues greats. He currently has been performing and recording with his Kevin Kopp K-35, and National Reso-Phonic NRP.
His true Delta blues style features rhythmic techniques, bottleneck slide, and elaborate finger-picking. Dan typically works solo, and his finger picking style results in often mesmerizing melodic elements.
Dan Phelps is a native of Illinois, and currently resides in the northern city of Roscoe.
He has been playing acoustic blues for the past 25 years,
sharing the stage with local Illinois bands, as well as teaching private classes.
In addition, he has spent the past 15 years dedicated to studying and playing
the Delta style of blues.
Dan’s comfort onstage, and quality of performance is undeniable;
his commitment and musical talent lends itself to an easy rapport with the audience.
Mr. Phelps has shared festival billing with the likes of
Pat Donohue, Woody Mann, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and many others.
Recently, Dan has teamed up with the Vincent Record label.
Dan Phelps’ latest full length CD “Going Home” was released July, 2014.
In his latest album, Dan Phelps pays tribute to some of the originators of the blues,
men such as Charley Patton, Skip James, and John Estes, among others.
“Going Home” is apt tribute to some of the earliest recorded giants of the Delta Blues.
Matthew Fox is a guitarist and songwriter whose Georgia and Texas roots run deep. He has steeped himself in a variety of styles from acoustic and bottleneck blues to swing and his acclaimed originals are rooted in the great Texas story-song tradition.
Matthew has appeared on stages, radio programs and at workshops throughout the US, United Kingdom and Scandinavia and is a proud endorser of Big Hollow Guitars, Diamond Bottlenecks and Elixir Strings.
“Matthew is so facile with the guitar, with such an easy-going stage presence, that you don’t really care what his left and right hand are doing (as a guitarist watching another), you are only being carried off to where he is taking you.”
– John Bauman, Acoustic Guitar magazine’s “Guitar Talk”