Bass player Drew Phelps grew up in North Texas -- in Denton to be exact. Playing bass guitar while in junior high school, he was tuned onto the music of the Allman Brothers and Freddie King. It wasn't until he entered college that he turned to bass. During the 1980s, he hooked up with veteran modern jazz musicians like James Clay and Nuradeen Fameen. Awarded a scholarship to the School of Fine Arts at the Banff Centre in Canada, he went on to study with modern bass player Dave Holland. Along the way, Phelps has recorded with a variety of groups, playing a variety of musical styles -- the Dixie Chicks, Dallas jazz pianist Dave Zoller, and fusionist and hard bopper Ronald Shannon Jackson. He released his debut album Round to It in 2000.