Northern Illinois Bluesman Chosen to Represent
Crossroads Blues Society at IBC Memphis
Bluesman Announces Return Tour to UK/Europe
These are exciting times for Dan Phelps and his lovely wife Sarah. Together they share a dream, a hope, and they see the dream coming alive. Nothing is greater in this world then when you can light up a room with a song and someone you love is whole heartedly supporting your efforts as you deliver everything you’ve got on the stage and in the studio. It's with that level of support that Dan entered and was chosen to represent The Crossroads Blues Society in Northern Illinois. In fact he's just announced a seventh tour to the UK and Europe and has enlisted the assistance of John Roberts of Barking Spider Productions UK to do it all again. Dan’s previous offshore engagements have taken him to the Dorchester Arts Centre in Dorchester, The Navy Club in Mayport England, The Borderline in London, Monroe's Tavern in Galway Ireland, The Howlin' Wolf in Glasgow Scotland, and The Blues House in Milan, Italy. Additionally, Dan just played a house concert hosted by the famous bluesman Tom Doughty in the UK. Today, armed with great hope fueled by the tremendous support of his wife, their local blues society, his fans, a brand new CD, a shot at the title in Memphis, along with the upcoming show dates Dan has never been more excited about his future.
The key influences on Dan's career are none other than Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Charley Patton and in his on stage performances you note a touch of the famed Tom Waits coming through as well. Dan will be the first to tell you of his unwavering love of Delta Blues and how these incredible influences made an indelible mark on his very being. As a bluesman once stated, "You either is or you ain't" and as so many other bluesman have said - you must feel the blues and not just play the blues. Dan's live performances reveal that the man has the feeling. Just in 2014 alone he performed on stage at three American blues festivals: Chicago Blues Fest, Bay Front Duluth, Minnesota and Field of Blues Rockford, Illinois. Plus Dan performed abroad as well in 2014 and don't forget his new CD, "Going Home".
It’s obvious when you see him live that he loves what he is doing and on more than one occasion, working in conjunction with The Crossroads Blues Society, they have taken the blues to music students in their schools. The blues is either in you or it ain't and if it is then you automatically want to let it out, you want to share it. Doesn't matter if the bluesman's performance is in front of a clap board building with a kitchen chair with your name all over it or if you find yourself laying it down for thirty kids in a classroom - you either is or you ain't. If you are going to IBC Memphis you might want to check out this man's performance. Dan Phelps will be billed on the solo act roster.
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Dan Phelps photo courtesy John Connell