|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|
|Kelly Joe Phelps chronology|
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.
Music critic Mark Allan wrote in his Allmusic review the album was "well worth a listen" 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."
All songs written by Kelly Joe Phelps.
- "Jericho" – 6:29
- "Window Grin" – 3:50
- "Slingshot Professionals" – 5:07
- "Not So Far to Go" – 5:16
- "It's James Now" – 4:22
- "Waiting for Marty" – 5:05
- "Knock Louder" – 4:24
- "Cardboard Box of Batteries" – 5:18
- "Circle Wars" – 7:05
- "Rusting Gate" – 4:51
- Kelly Joe Phelps – vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Andrew Downing – acoustic bass
- Steve Dawson – Weissenborn lap steel guitar
- Bill Frisell – electric guitar
- Chris Gestrin – organ, piano, accordion
- Scott Amendola – drums, percussion, talking drum
- Petra Haden – background vocals
- Keith Lowe – acoustic bass
- Jesse Zubot – mandolin, violin
- 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