Kelly Joe Phelps is an American musician and songwriter, born in Sumner,
Washington in 1960. He is renowned for playing lap steel guitar on a modified Gibson
acoustic guitar, imaginative fingerstyle (in a variety of tunings) and his quixotic lyrics.
Kelly Joe Phelps began his recording in his thirties, his early albums heavily influenced by traditional blues. His first three albums feature Kelly Joe Phelps playing solo. On subsequent works he has added additional backing musicians. In concert appearances since 2002 he has eschewed the signature slide playing, for which he was initially notable, in favor of straight fingerstyle. His most recent recording and live shows have included banjo playing. Critics have suggested that Kelly Joe Phelps' music is a mixture of delta blues and jazz.
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