I'm in BEAUTIFUL OBX for Pat McGee's Down The Hatch where it's a balmy 95 degrees. I wanted to pass on a few updates before I dive back into this event...
I'm doing a few one offs in addition to the pretty stacked festival schedule we've got going this summer. In a couple weeks, before the SK Family BBQ, we'll be hitting Fall River, MA, Long Beach, NJ & Telluride Bluegrass Festival! July brings the Rubin Museum in NYC, Crested Butte, CO, The Walnut Room in Denver, Park City, UT, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, & ending the festival run with some sets atAMERICANAFEST in Nashville before making our way to Pilgrimage down in Franklin, TN! Hope to see you there!
TUNES & TALL TALES TOUR WITH TYRONE WELLS
I'm so excited to announce that my fellow dad to all girls, friend, and co-writer Tyrone Wells and I are hitting the road for a couple weeks in August, with our new pal emmanuelle sasson opening the shows. Tickets on sale TODAY- see you out there, my friends.
THE SK FAMILY BBQ
You helped us sell out the Sunday Barn event! Great news: both the Field Day + BBQ and Evening Concert Under The Stars (with Special Guest Brooks Hubbard Band) still have some tickets left. This will sell out, so get your passes before it's too late! Saturday is going to be an incredible afternoon of games and hanging out, followed by a full band performance at the historic Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, NJ. Get your ticketshere and we’ll see you later, see you soon!
All Love, Futures Bright
PS: I've been putting together some playlists on Spotify- Follow them, & me!
PPS: We added Kelloggtown VIP for the Denver show!
I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. I loved making the videos for everyone who ordered them
and now I'm back to book...which is really coming together. More updates on that soon, but now...
Summer Tour 2019
We've just added a bunch of dates (on sale 5/31) and there will be a few more added in the coming
weeks...so save the dates and grab those tickets!
We all really dug the giveaway of the BOSE headphones last month and have decided that we'll be giving
away a piece of merchandise or gift in each newsletter. One more reason to let your mail program know this is 'not junk'. This month we'll be sending an Objects In The Mirror Vinyl to Devon Rowland. All you need to do Devon (or future winners) is respond in 24 hours that you've gotten the email and we'll get you sorted.
THE SK FAMILY BBQ
Thank you so much for helping us sell out the Sunday Barn event, friends! Good news: both the Field Day + BBQ and Evening Concert Under The Stars (with Special Guest Brooks Hubbard Band) still have some tickets left. This will sell out, so get your passes before it's too late! Saturday is going to be an incredible afternoon of games and hanging out, followed by a full band performance at the historic Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, NJ. Get your tickets here and we’ll see you later, see you soon!
PS: Follow SK on Spotify-- we just put up a playlist SK curated for Mother's Day, with more coming!
SK has done two recent podcasts- listen & enjoy!
The Common Denominator of Stephen Kellogg: Adam Duritz, Josh Ritter, Marc Roberge & Will Hoge Pay Homage
Hello friends new and old…
Back in the day, I used to not enjoy getting newsletters from bands. Now I love it because it’s how I get most of my information about what they’re up to. Hopefully, you feel the same way when you see a letter from me in your box. This is a fun one to send because we're giving away a pair of BOSE noise cancelling headphones to Margot Vetrovsky! Margot, hit us back in the next 24 hours and claim your prize. It's a good a reason to read one's mail as ever, I suppose. If we don't hear back, we'll pick another person in the next letter that we send in a week or so announcing Summer 2019 Tour Dates! You read that right! We have a few on sale down below, but we've got a whole bunch more cities to announce, and the "Objects In The Mirror"' tour will continue!
I’m in the third draft and resuming work on it this month, hoping to have it go to print in time to ship for the Fall.Turns out writing books takes longer than I thought it would. Thank you for your patience. In the mean time, my fiction contribution to “Moving Foreword” by Jon Chattman was published yesterday and you can check that book out here.
The spring tour was fire. Absolute fire. It was a dream come true and I take my hat off to my fellow band and crew for bringing all their skills to bear. If you missed it, we streamed the last three nights on YouTube,Facebook and YouTube respectively. The entire shows are up and free to watch. Enjoy and please take the time to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, like my Facebook page and for goodness sake- come join us in person next time we come through (which will hopefully be sooner than you might imagine!)
THE SK FAMILY BBQ
We’re thrilled to have sold out the Sunday Barn event, but lest there be any confusion we’ve moved Saturday’s events, both the Field Day + BBQ and Evening Concert Under The Stars (with Special Guest Brooks Hubbard Band) to the outdoor theater so that we can accommodate more people. Saturday promises to be an incredible afternoon of games and hanging followed by a full band performance at the historic Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, NJ. Get your tickets here and we’ll see you later, see you soon
SK will be playing Telluride Bluegrass Festival with Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, plus many more.
Stephen will also be playing Pilgrimage Festival south of Nashville in Franklin at the end of September with Foo Fighters, The Killers, & plenty of other great musicians!
We are one month out from the Objects In The Mirror Full Band Spring Tour. Rehearsals are underway, the guys are having a great time putting together these songs, & they can't wait to get on the road & show them to you. This tour is really going to be such a special experience. SK is taking a collection of some of his favorite people (Boots, Eric, Cookie Dough, Shady, Lil Jackie Paper, & Mahoney) on the road, playing songs from the new album (his best yet, in our opinion!), & our friend Pete Muller is opening. This is a tour you need to see, friends. Haven't seen SK in years? That's ok! Used to go with friends you aren't as close to now? Text them, reconnect at the show! Don't have anyone to go to the show with? Also ok! SK fans are some of the most welcoming there are. You just have to see this tour. That's what we're getting at. It's something for the books- grab your tickets & Kelloggtown VIP passes, & we can't wait to see you there.
We've also got just a little over a week left for you to purchase your Season Pass! There are only a few left. The Season Pass includes entrance to any headlining SK shows (excluding festivals) + Kelloggtown VIP for all of 2019. It's gonna be a busy year for SK, so grab yours while we've still got them!
See you later, see you soon,
Dale, Jess, & Mike (Team SK)
PS: Looking for like minded SK fans? Join the SK Fan Family on Facebook!
The 9th Annual SK Family BBQ Weekend is back June 21-22!
This years event will all be held at the historic Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, NJ. I played there last year and fell in love with the beautiful location and grounds. I am absolutely thrilled that they are willing to host our weekend this year! We will have many more details as they come together, but here's a little teaser of what to expect...
Friday Night Pre-BBQ Concert in the Barn: This is going to be a very limited engagement 'evening with'. For the first set, we'll be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the self-titled album by playing it in it's entirety. This was my major label debut, and I'm so excited to dive in from "Flower In Rain" to "Keep Me In Your Thoughts"! For the second set, I'll be doing 100% requests. The venue capacity in the barn is extremely limited and we won't be able to fit everyone, so if you'd like to attend this, you'll need a weekend pass and you'll want to buy it early.
Saturday Afternoon: BBQ! Field Day! Plus a short acoustic set for our younger friends. This is all about hanging with your people, no athleticism required, and your tickets to this include lunch, games, and music!
Saturday Night: With any luck, we will be playing under a star filled sky on the first weekend of summer. There is room for the kids to run, a blanket to sit on, and a cooler by your side. It should be an incredible evening, and we'lll have special guest Brooks Hubbard kicking things off that night!
Tickets and More Info: Tickets are on sale NOW! You can either pick up a weekend pass, which will get you into all three events on a discounted rate, or you can pick "a la carte" tickets for the two Saturday events. There are descriptions as well as FAQ answered over at the Family Store. We are also partnering with a wonderful Marriott and have a special rate for weekend goers. Less than an hour from three major airports in one of New Jersey's most beautiful communities. We hope you'll join us for the 9th Annual SK Family BBQ Weekend!
Also, we are rolling out a Season Pass for 2019! You can go to as many SK shows* as your heart desires, including Kelloggtown VIP for each show as well. This will be valid for the 2019 calendar year- including the full band Spring tour, plus we have summer and fall tours on the books. We'll be visiting many of the cities we haven't gotten to, and returning to some that we have! These are valid for one person, but if you'd like to buy two, the second is half off!
*Headlining shows only- does not include festival dates
At the outset of 2018 I was struggling some. I had suffered a few disappointments early in the year and
was having a hard time getting onto a good frequency again. My friend Eric Donnelly came over one morning for tea and suggested that the best remedy was to ‘write the finest songs of my career and come up with a new idea’. Easy right? The kind of advice that could make you want to pop someone if it wasn’t being offered in such a genuine and kind way. I’ll never forget what Eric gave me that day. “Objects In The Mirror” the album AND the book (which WILL BE OUT IN 2019 though it’s still very much being written), came to life because I knew deep in my heart Eric was right.
We just finished a tour that in addition to having full houses in every city, more importantly had full hearts. These pictures represent a great year of family, music and dreams coming true. The album cover, the kids helping me out with the Kellogg Family Store, the biggest SK Family BBQ yet in Chicago, my children in the recording studio, Rolling Stone magazine delivering the most moving review of my music I’ve ever seen in print, Will Hoge, whose music I’ve respected for a decade, producing the record he promised me we would make, Rolling Stone Country photographing a sold out show at the Bluebird in Nashville, Robert Randolph celebrating our Grammy Nominated “Got Soul”, and my family enjoying time with one of my boyhood heroes turned musical champions, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows.
So here’s the thing folks. I had a good year. Maybe you did too (fingers crossed), but I understand that also maybe you didn’t. The reason I wrote “Objects In The Mirror” and the goal here is to be of some use to you. There are plenty of shows and music that can be a background soundtrack to a party. But I’d like my songs to work as medicine for your souls. If you need that, listen. If you know someone who needs it, share. If I can make you smile or cry or feel more hopeful I’m going to do it. That’s the goal. That’s 2019. I’ll see you there my friends.
NEW RECORD & TOUR:
Hey there everybody! Stephen here.
Writing to you from Nashville, TN where we had another amazing one last night. 5 of the first 7 shows have sold out! I realize that this is the norm for a handful of extremely fortunate acts, but it has been a number of years since I've been graced with a tour like this, and I sure could get used to it! Thanks to everyone who has bought tickets and VIP upgrades to the shows so far... you guys sharing these new songs with people you think might need it in their lives has been like a light that is blasting into the darkness... I'm loving having the best seat in the house to watch your reactions! Keep posting, sharing on playlists, and letting us see what's going on with you! 14 more dates on this first part of the tour, and you can see info about those shows and some new cities added to the second leg by reading below.
As you may know, every year for a limited time we offer handwritten lyrics for the holidays. You pick your favorite song and who you want it personalized to and I write them up. Then we donate between 25-50% of the proceeds to charities selected by the Kellogg family. This year we have decided to focus solely on children and have already sent in donations to St Jude Childrens Hospital, Boston Childrens Hospital as well as the following anti-trafficking organizations, Friends Of Thai Daughters and My Life My Choice. It makes a great holiday gift and for 2018 we have also added an economical option to have a personalized & signed “print out” of a lyric as well as a fancy option to have your lyrics written on a guitar. These will only be available to purchase for one more week through the Kellogg Family Store in the hopes that we can get everyone their stuff in plenty of time for the holidays, so if you’re interested jump on that now. In addition we have new T-Shirt Designs, hoodies, the program guide (we have a deluxe with CD in it because I finally caved in ) and a whole lot more. Keep my kids busy filling packages while I’m away so they don’t get in any trouble! #Kiddingnotkidding
Lastly, thank you for all the well wishes regarding my families unfortunate car accident last weekend. Everyone is ok, though the family truckster and the 180 pound deer did not fair so well. I was able to fly home and be with my crew for a couple days thanks to a great supportive road family, and fan base. You are all something else. Hug your people, celebrate the wins, and know that I'm rooting for you.
See you later, see you soon
"...Objects in the Mirror captures the talent, spontaneity and humanity of Kellogg’s songwriting and presents it in a soulful, folk-rock packaging that is refreshingly free of pretense and studio polishing."
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