Tunesmith Retrofit (2006) 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… 2006-08-01 Kelly Joe Phelps Folk
Music Review

Tunesmith Retrofit (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 01, 2006; Lead Performance: Kelly Joe Phelps; Genre: Folk

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.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints