Hey everyone. It's Stephen here. Writing you from the first bench of "North Star”, my 2015 Ford Econoline Van. We had one of my favorite sets of music ever this past Friday playing the Ann Arbor Folk Festival with two of my favorites, Jason Isbell and Lori McKenna. The thought of it is making this 13 hour haul feel a bit lighter than it might otherwise feel. I’ve added another MI show at The Ark on March 16, and will play the next night in Three Oaks, MI.
Here's a couple other things about the tour I wanted to tell you... We'll be bringing the request board back out and letting you guys vote on some of the songs every night, so come early and vote if you like. Also, come early 'cause we have some great support acts. I've decided to play about half the tour solo, and Hailey Steele will support all those dates. Check out her song "Wandering Heart" on Spotify, and plan on hearing us sing some songs together. On the full band dates, we have our old friends Brian Dunne, and Native Run doing select dates. We'll also have VIP upgrades on a bunch of the dates via the Kellogg Family Store, and as always, we rely on word of mouth, and appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to help us spread the word.
Last little orders of business, if you've missed it: I wrote, produced, and released a new song called "Orion" as a tribute to Tom Petty. If you haven't heard it, here it is. The 8th SK Family BBQ IS happening, and it's going to be held in Chicago, IL on June 22-23 with details coming soon. If you're still in a reading mood, here's an interview that came out this week with the Michigan Daily. Thanks for reading, try to be good to each other and good luck with whatever you're doing. May something light you up.
Stephen will be performing the following shows:
Live at Montage Music Series – Free Show
Montage Deer Valley
Sunday, January 21st 6p
Ann Arbor Folk Festival
with Jason Isbell, John Prine, Aimee Mann, & more
Friday, January 27 630p
Folk Alliance International
Thursday, February 15
Casey Jones Music Fest
Rm 628 | 1130p-1150p
Rm 641 | 130a-155a
Camp Ned, Singer-Songwriter Heaven
Rm 656 | 230a-3a
Friday, February 16
The Wisconsin Room
Rm 543 | 3p-33op
Green Room Music Source E Nashville
Rm 612 | 1050p-1105p
KC Turner Presents
Rm 714 | 1220a-1a
Congratulations to Robert Randolph on the Grammy nomination! Stephen & Robert wrote the first single and title track, "Got Soul" together, and have written a half dozen contenders for Robert's follow up album since. SK says "He brings soul to the words from the depths of his own. A persons art isn't always recognized and that's just how things go, but when it is, it's really nice."
Hey there SK fans!
Jessica K. Martin here. I'm Stephen's manager and I'm doing a guest spot for this edition of the monthly newsletter. I wanted to pull back the curtain a little so that you could see the full scope of our team, whose job it is to "move the ball up the field." When Stephen's agent and I book a tour, my staff goes into high gear working with the venues to put the shows on sale and get the information out. We know how magical a well executed, packed SK show can be, and we hope to see that in every city if we can! We search for the best ways to get the ticket links and information about the shows in front of your beautiful faces and under your thumbs. Newsletters like this and other social media outlets tend to be the top bets because they are easy to share. So for every single one of you who has shared or liked a post, forwarded a newsletter, bought a ticket or record for a friend, and helped our grassroots effort to spread the word about our artist, we say THANK YOU!
Just when you think there is no new ground to break, Stephen will join Eric Hutchinson tomorrow for a couple of solo warm up dates in the Dakota's- including his first ever show in South Dakota! Then, SK, Jesse, and Andy leave for the first leg of the Postcard Tour in exactly 3 weeks! The trio will be playing 24 US shows with special guest Emily Hearn between September 8-October 8, and they'll be letting the fans vote on a portion of the set every single night! Right after that, SK will cross the pond for some UK shows and a visit to both Germany and Austria. Thanksgiving weekend, they are back at the Bowery Ballroom, and the new Tupelo Music Hall for two full band CD release parties. Last but not least, we are happy to announce four just added solo tour dates in December. ALL of this is to bring you the music you love, and share news of the new live record we are releasing this fall: Stephen Kellogg Tour de Forty Greatest Hits (So Far) Live.
The eagle that is TD40 Live has landed and is now available at the Kellogg Family Store. CD orders and bundles are shipping now! Digital fulfillment is underway. The vinyl, you asked- we heard, will be shipped on, or before October 15th. Your support of the Kellogg Family Store only makes us want to work harder (and none harder than the 6 Kelloggs stuffing your envelopes) to make sure you have a great experience, and keep coming back!
Thanks for sharing, thanks for reading, and see you later, see you soon!
Jessica K. Martin (aka Cousin Jessica)
for Marionette Management and Team SK
Proudly representing Stephen Kellogg in all areas of his career
Hey guys...Stephen here.
I'm excited to announce "Postcard Tour 2017" coming this Fall! Why postcard? Because it is the 10 year anniversary of sending postcards home from the road to my children. In 2007 I had the blues over the balance of work and family. A thoughtful fan suggested that sending postcards home would make a good way to stay in touch with my kids while I was out on the road. A tradition was born. I started that night and have never turned back. It's been a life saver for me to be able to reach out and let them know they are thought of. The other thing thats been a life saver is to be able to perform my songs and tell my stories to each of you. So that's exactly what's going to happen.
I'm going to be traveling with a trio and performing in listening rooms around the country. I'll take some requests every night (more on that soon), and play songs new and old. As our special guest we welcome Emily Hearn. She is hands down one of the Kellogg households favorite artists and we're over the moon to have her supporting the US leg of the tour. #KelloggTownVIP is also available in most cities through our Family Store. Haven't visited? Check it out. You just might get something in your package you did not expect (could be something Greta tucks in there accidentally (true story), could be a puppy, who knows?)
The last thing is that...Thanksgiving weekend is back. We will do two full band shows this Fall and they'll be on Thanksgiving Weekend at the new Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH and the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. If the Bowery isn't sold out I'm quitting. Kidding. Not kidding. Love you. Not kidding.
There is a Spring Sale afoot with loads of new items and discounts on vintage items
Every order receives a set of 4 Vintage Coasters and every order over $20 receives a free mystery merch item (think Lyric Calendars, 7” vinyl, postcard packs, etc.) (While Supplies Last)
*Thanksgiving 10” Vinyl (featuring “Ghost” and “Crosses”) and “The Bear” Vinyl (featuring bonus track “May Day”) are back in stock!
*Selection of vintage posters, a half dozen vintage sweatshirts (S, Youth Large remain), trucker hats and sales on Spring T-Shirts!
*2017 Lyric and Photo Calendars on sale for just $10 (while supplies last)
Drew Holcomb is a great artist and a great guy. He’s been a friend for a while. We’ve sung songs together, comisserated through painful experiences and laughed some times too. He was kind enough to include my newest record #SouthWestNorthEast in his rad record of the month club @Magnolia Record Club. I’m truly honored to be a part of the Souvenir Tour. See ya soon folks!
Naming an album after the place it was recorded is a common practice of course, but Stephen Kellogg covers all his geographical bases with South, West, North, East, his first album since 2013’s well-received Blunderstone Rookery and only his second since his go-to band The Sixers went on hiatus at the end of 2012. For the record, Kellogg and company were an outstanding ensemble, a rootsier version of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers if you will, but even so, Kellogg had a well-established solo career a full decade before the Sixers took flight. Consequently, he was well-equipped to carry on after their unfortunate demise. Likewise, given his guiding role at the band’s helm, it was all but assured that his individual intents would remain intact.
True to the sprawling designs referenced in its title, South, West, North, East comes across like an epoch effort, thanks to the memorable melodies that are etched in practically every one of its 20 songs. Spread across two discs, the material glows with a low lit intensity that makes even slow-burning ballads like “Almost Woke You Up,” “The Open Heart,” and “Those Kids” resonate with both resilience and reserve. Opener “High Horse” is the most spirited offering overall, a compelling track that makes “Best of Me” a close second. Even so, it’s the reverential chorus of “Wallpaper Angel” that leaves one of the album’s most enduring impressions.
And that’s just disc one.
The songs that follow maintain that same sense of sanctity, and even though the tempos are slowed and the deliberation increased, the emotional impact is equally assured. Here again, Kellogg crafts songs that beg attention through a slow build rather than initial exertion, and with “Greta Girl,” “Wolf” and “Always Gonna Want You,” that twin sense of yearning and desire resonates with every heartfelt refrain. In the liner notes Kellogg goes to great length to detail the specific circumstances surrounding the actual recording and the various locales where the sessions took place, but even so, the results carry a mostly consistent tone, one that’s somber yet assured, conveyed mostly through a whisper rather than a roar.
That the former should take precedence over the latter would seem a natural occurrence given Kellogg’s current role as solo troubadour as opposed to leader of a pack. Fortunately, his melodic sensibilities are heightened to such a degree that the Sixers are rarely missed. The ambiance and arrangements that underscore these songs keep the emotional momentum churning, even in the most subdued settings. It may seem tiresome to call this album a triumph, but that’s what it is all the same. An attentive hearing makes that somewhat apparent on the initial encounter, but with subsequent listens that conclusion is fully affirmed.