On his latest album Brother Sinne r & The Whale (Black Hen Music/Continental Record Services/Munich) Kelly Joe Phelps discards the lap steel and returns to using the slide guitar. Once again he plays the kind of folk and blues which he has been doing for some time already. It’s a step back because the adventure of his efforts to escape from traditional song structures is missing here. His americana songs from his last few releases brought some added diversity, but it cannot be denied that as a guitar player, Phelps is very much in his element here. Lyrically, he surrenders totally to his faith. His website shows the lyrics of his songs, with titles such as ‘Talkin’ To Jehova, Pilgrim’s Reach and The Holy Spirit Flood. Below the lyrics are Bible citations. The album was recorded live in 3 days in Vancouver, Canada, and produced by Steve Dawson. Mono.