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“Bravo!” to Shelly Phelps for creating a blockbuster of an album!"
By Jim 'Hardluck Jim' Johnson (The Weekend Blues/KGOU)
"Shelly Phelps has a flare for the dramatic. After all, she is equally at home on the stage as she is on the bandstand. The blues-chanteuse’s latest collection of songs titled “Beautiful & Burdened” is proof of these talents, with its theatrical, albeit musical, twists and turns. By design, “Beautiful & Burdened” has a film-noir-like appeal, conveying to the listener scenes of seedy nightspots and desperate characters. And Shelly’s band, The Scarlet Street Players, are perfectly cast as they, too, help bring to life the vignettes Shelly’s voice and lyrics illustrate over the course of the eleven songs contained therein.
The only thing better than listening to each ‘chapter’ of the album on a long, dark stretch of road is actually watching Shelly and the band perform live. As they say in the theatre, “Bravo!” to Shelly Phelps and the Scarlet Street Players for creating a blockbuster of an album!!"