After, three years and a whole lot of soul searching, Kelly Joe Phelps teamed up with Steve Dawson to record his latest album, Brother Sinner and the Whale. Prior to making a stop in Edmonton, Phelps shared his Firsts, Lasts and Favourites with Vue.
The first album I paid money for was Stevie Wonder's Talking Book. That was followed quickly by Chicago V, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the record that has "Takin' Care Of Business," on it [Bachman-Turner Overdrive II]. BTO, oh yeah ... I think I bought the O'Jays after that, "money money money money ... money!" Soul train, y'all.
The first concert I saw? Well, I never did go to big stadium shows of any kind, so no "rock" memories or stories for me! The first concerts I went to were nerdy, folk music shows at coffee shops that were all ages allowed, and I started doing this when I was 16. I went to a ton of them, daily if I could find them. The Pacific Northwest has always been rich when it comes to acoustic music and musicians, so I didn't ever go hungry.
The last album I bought was a recording by the Brotherhood of the Valaam Monastery, chanting Russian Christian Orthodox liturgical music, and it's amazingly beautiful. Astounding music. Breaks my heart and folds it back together.
The last concert I saw was quite a long time ago; Lucinda Williams in Denver, Colorado in 2006 or 2007. That was the last date of a tour I had been the support act for. I don't get out much. I tend toward reading.
My favourite album in the whole, wide world hands down is Miles Davis' record, Seven Steps To Heaven. It's not typically a Miles Davis record that one holds up as the epicentre or cornerstone of his recordings, but it's the best record ever made, in my mind. The best record ever made. The best record ever made. Oh my, what a record!
Favourite musical guilty pleasure
My favourite musical guilty pleasure has three parts; Stereolab is my dream-music of choice, and is the most played iPod kinda ching-chang. Nirvana, though, that's my blood and guts, my chain-saw and weathered skin, my function button. However; when I hear anything at all sung by Julie Andrews, I am bought and paid for and sold. She's the Queen I genuflect toward, my first and truest love. Oh, what a lovely she is! V