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Tunesmith Retrofit

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Tunesmith Retrofit

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Kelly Joe Phelps
Producers:
Rounder
genre:
Folk

We gave it a B+

On the aptly titled Tunesmith Retrofit, country-blues guitar wizard Phelps trades in his signature slide-guitar sound for some folky fingerpicking and old-timey melodies. The results would probably have pleased such past acoustic-music masters as Dave Van Ronk and Chris Whitley, both of whom get shout-outs here in the form of tribute songs. But while Phelps’ musicianship remains impeccable, and his tunes are immaculate and tasteful, many of his fans may still long to hear him shred just once.

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