Singer-songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps
looks like a Kid Rock roadie, but sounds like James Taylor. The Oregon troubadour's new CD, Tunesmith Retrofit
, eases down an amiable trail of acoustic guitars and wistful lyrics. Dig beneath the tunes' deceptively mellow grooves, however, and you'll spot a cast of characters falling out of love and into hard-luck lives. Phelps' sixth album is less bluesy than past efforts, but his subtle fretwork and breezy melodies remain durably rustic.
Thu., Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.