Kelly Joe Phelps has always followed his muse. From his first album in 1994, which combined the slide and fingerpicking techniques of John Fahey and Mississippi John Hurt with his own unique vocal and songwriting. At times, such as on his Western Bell Album, Phelps has gone into uncharted musical territory, but his latest is almost a retro release - it concentrates on original gospel songs that would sound very much at home coming from Rev. Gary Davis. Phelps acoustic guitar is a powerful driving force of nature behind his strong vocals. You will feel the spirit on Brother Sinner and the Whale.