Slingshot Professionals

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Slingshot Professionals
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Studio album by Kelly Joe Phelps
Released March 11, 2003
Recorded Phase 1 Studios in Toronto, Canada
The Factory in Vancouver, British Columbia
Flora in Seattle, WA
Genre Blues, Americana, folk
Length 51:47
Label Rykodisc
Producer Lee Townsend
Kelly Joe Phelps chronology
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Slingshot Professionals is an album by American blues singer and guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps, released in 2003.


Slingshot Professionals was Phelps' first album with producer Lee Townsend. Phelps is joined by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Keith Lowe on two tracks: "Not So Far to Go" and "Cardboard Box of Batteries," and the rest of the album features bassist Andrew Downing, as well as fiddler Jesse Zubot and guitarist Steve Dawson. Petra Haden (daughter of jazz musician Charlie Haden) whose album Townsend was producing at the time, harmonizes on one song.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Uncut 4/5 stars[3]

Music critic Mark Allan wrote in his Allmusic review the album was "well worth a listen"[2] The UK magazine Uncut wrote "The transformation from revivalist bluesman to contemporary singer-songwriter, which began on 1999's Shine Eyed Mister Zen, continues apace on his fifth album. His songs are now mini stories, sans verse-chorus-bridge restraints, populated by seekers of truth and peddlers of dreams."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kelly Joe Phelps.

  1. "Jericho" – 6:29
  2. "Window Grin" – 3:50
  3. "Slingshot Professionals" – 5:07
  4. "Not So Far to Go" – 5:16
  5. "It's James Now" – 4:22
  6. "Waiting for Marty" – 5:05
  7. "Knock Louder" – 4:24
  8. "Cardboard Box of Batteries" – 5:18
  9. "Circle Wars" – 7:05
  10. "Rusting Gate" – 4:51


Production notes:

  • Produced by Lee Townsend.
  • Engineered by Tucker Martine and Shawn Pierce.
  • Edited and mixed by Shawn Pierce
  • Assistant engineers - Sheldon Zaharko and Greg Kolchinsky
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi
  • Design by Chris Pew


  1. ^ Goodman, Frank. "Interview with Kelly Joe Phelps". Puremusic. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Allan, Mark. "Slingshot Professionals > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Slingshot Professionals > Review". Uncut. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 

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