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Music Review: 'Shine Eyed Mister Zen'

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Shine Eyed Mister Zen

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Kelly Joe Phelps
genre:
Blues, Country

We gave it an A-

This great young country bluesman finds an especially happy medium between an inspired slide guitar style that sings, and a fine sandpaper voice that wraps itself naturally around emotion-doused riffs. On Shine Eyed Mister Zen, Kelly Joe Phelps serves up heaping portions of gritty warmth and the tangy/twangy. He’s a self-contained, flesh-and-blood music machine, and an important new voice in the slide guitar world.