- Brother Phelps
Infobox musical artist
Name = Brother Phelps
Background = group_or_band
Edmonton, Kentucky, USA
Genre = Country
Years_active = 1992-1995
Label = Asylum
The Kentucky Headhunters
Past_members = Doug Phelps
Ricky Lee Phelps
Brother Phelps was an American
country musicduo formed by brothers Ricky Lee ( guitar, vocals) and Doug Phelps ( bass guitar, vocals). Prior to the duo's formation in 1992, both brothers were members of The Kentucky Headhunters, a country rockband.
In 1993, Brother Phelps charted with its debut single "Let Go", which reached a peak of #6 on the "Billboard" country music charts. In all, the duo charted six singles between 1993 and 1995 (although only one other single reached Top 40), in addition to recording two albums on
Asylum Records. Brother Phelps disbanded in 1995, with Doug rejoining the Kentucky Headhunters as lead singer, and Ricky Lee assuming a solo career.
Brothers Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps, who were born and raised in
Edmonton, Kentucky,cite web |url=http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Brother-Phelps.html |title=Brother Phelps Biography |accessdate=2007-07-21 |format=html |work=Oldies.com] joined the Kentucky Headhunters in 1986. Ricky Lee served as lead vocalist, while Doug played bass guitar and sang backup vocals.cite web |url=http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/article.asp?xid=543 |title=Kentucky HeadHunters arise out of the ashes |accessdate=2007-07-21 |last=Wahlert |first=Brian |year=1997 |month=May |format=html |work=CountryStandardTime.com] The Kentucky Headhunters released their debut album, " Pickin' on Nashville", in 1989, producing four Top 40 singles on the country charts with it. After the band's second album, 1991's " Electric Barnyard", produced disappointing sales, Ricky Lee and Doug announced that they were leaving to form their own group. Mark Orr then became lead singer of The Kentucky Headhunters, while Anthony Kenney took over as bass guitarist.
The newly formed duo (named Brother Phelps, after Ricky Lee and Doug's minister father),cite web |url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:axfoxqw5ldje~T1 |title=allmusic ((( Brother Phelps > Biography ))) |accessdate=2007-07-21 |last=Huey |first=Steve |format=html |work=All Music Guide] signed to
Asylum Recordsin 1992. Unlike the country rock sounds of The Kentucky Headhunters, Brother Phelps featured a more traditional country musicsound. Their first single, "Let Go", reached a peak of #6 on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles & Trackscharts in 1993, higher than any of The Kentucky Headhunters' singles had peaked. The same year, the duo's first album (also titled "Let Go") was released.
Brother Phelps' second and final album, "Any Way the Wind Blows" (its title track a
J. J. Calecover), was released in 1995 to critical acclaim, although it failed to produce any Top 40 singles. The duo disbanded in 1995, with Doug returning to the Kentucky Headhunters, assuming the role of lead vocalist after Orr's departure. Ricky Lee, meanwhile, continued to record as a solo artist.
* [http://www.kentuckyheadhunters.com The Kentucky Headhunters official website]
* [http://www.rickyleephelps.com Ricky Lee Phelps official website]
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