Butch Phelps


Kevin Batchelor (Keith Richards’ Crosseyed Heart, The Skatalites, Steel Pulse,…) on trumpet and vocals.  Drummer Steve Williams  (The Digable Planets, Sade, Keith Richards,…) provides the groove support, with upright bassist Skip Ward (Steve Martin, Phoebe Snow, Rosanne Cash, Bela Fleck,…) locked in with him.  Guitarist Luba Dvorak (Luba Dvorak and the Banned, Wood Wires and Whiskey,…) puts the meat on the bone.  Keith Christopher, below,  (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Yahoos, Dan Baird, Billy Joe Shaver,...) on electric bass, guitars and percussion. Go see them and get Elevated!

Butch Phelps

and the Buck UPs

Hailing from New York City, The Buck Ups began delivering their dynamic and creative performances in 2009. Armed with gritty and melodic songs based in the traditions of roots music, The Buck Ups were mainstays at great bygone NYC venues The Lakeside Lounge, The National Underground and Rodeo Bar.  Phelps's songs are inspired by his years living among the ramblers of Portland, Oregon, the anglers of Cape Cod, MA, the punksters of the East Village, and places north, south and in between.

The Buck Ups (and alumni) are:
Butch Phelps, Keith Christopher, Mark Greenberg, Brian Karp, Yisroel Gootblatt, Pete Karp, Benny Landa, Justin Wallace, Alison Jones, Vin Cimino, Brett Bass, Aaron Nevezie
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