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Recorded in a live studio setting with no overdubs, Sky Like a Broken Clock has a pure sound and the seamless flow that can only be acheived by a group of accomplished, and complementary, musicians. Producer George Howard, who also worked on Jess Klein's Draw Them Near and Mojave by the Willard Grant Conspiracy, has a knack for creating a warm, clean-sounding folk music, captured with an almost eerily crystalline feel. Known for his imaginative take on the country blues of artists like Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, Phelps put together an album entirely of originals for this venture. The result is a set of low-key, abstract story-songs about voodoo, sin, and prostitution, with "Worn Out," the album's closer, having a lullaby-like quality. Phelps' guitar work on this album is fairly straightforward (unfortunately not featuring his signature acoustic slide), and is backed by Larry Taylor on string bass and Billy Conway on drums.


Born: October 5, 1959 in Sumner, WA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vancouver, Washington-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps continues to expand the parameters of modern blues through his strong commitment to literary songs and his expressive yet simple guitar stylings. While casual listeners may call Phelps a bluesman, his playing is so fluid, dexterous, and improvised he obviously has the soul of a jazz musician. Phelps was raised in a music-loving household in Sumner, Washington, near Tacoma. The son of Seventh Day Adventist parents, Phelps'...
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Sky Like a Broken Clock, Kelly Joe Phelps
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Acoustic Blues
  • Released: Jul 10, 2001

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