OITM Tour, Handwritten Lyrics & Nashville Greetings!!

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.

HANDWRITTEN LYRICS:

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 Designshoodiesthe 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

FAMILY UPDATE:

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
XO, SK

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!

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It's time. 

Lady Road has called me back again, and I'm thrilled to announce the first batch of dates I'll be playing in support of my new album, "Objects in the Mirror" (which comes out November 23rd, and can be pre-ordered through the Kellogg Family Store.) This is my favorite record I've ever made. It feels a bit like "Glassjaw Boxer", and as with GJB, I intend to play every song off the record live over the course of the tour (as well as plenty of old favorites.) I hope you'll get to hear every song on OITM.

The first half of the OITM tour is one of supper clubs and listening rooms. I'll be playing solo and telling stories. The second half is in theaters and music halls. This will be a full band night of rock n' roll. This is going to be a big tour- a great tour. We will keep adding dates in the coming weeks, & we have a few we can't share just yet, but wanted to get the news to you. We will have Kelloggtown VIP upgrades available in most cities. I'll also be doing about a half dozen warm up dates starting in Los Angeles in just two weeks. I haven't been making too big a deal out of these shows because I'm gonna be trying some stuff out and debuting quite a bit of material. If you're awesome, and up for a bit of that experimenting... come be my neighbor!

The OITM tour starts in earnest on November 21st in Boston, MA at the City Winery. Save the dates. Grab your friends. Line up your sitters. Let's celebrate that we are alive. 

See you later, see you so soon.
SK

Underwater Sunshine Fest Blog Features SK

"Stephen Kellogg is someone who is talented in so many different ways, who has done so much with his life, and who is still reaching out into new areas— so please, indulge the storyteller in me while I tell you about Kellogg’s wild, open heart.

If you’re a folk or Americana fan, I know that you already know who Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers are. They’ve been a staple of the scene since 2003. (If you aren’t already listening, if you like artists who use clever writing and upbeat styles, like Josh Ritter and Matt Nathanson, Stephen Kellogg is going to be your new favorite songwriter.) And while he performs and records mostly under his own name now, what’s most impressive to me about Kellogg— and maybe about any person I meet (looking forward to it, Stephen!)— he is absolutely, 100% sincere. There isn’t irony or sarcasm in this music. There isn’t bitterness and hatred in this music. Stephen Kellogg is a good man who happens to have connected with a large group of fans, all magically without having to change who he is."

Continue reading on the blog!

 

Album + Book Update

Hello all you fine community of music listeners!

So here is the update. We spent four days in a recording studio called MOXE
in Nashville, TN last week. Quite unbelievably, we are almost done recording the album.
I’ve never had a record happen this fast, but the combination of personalities seems to
have created something that I’m as excited to share with you as anything I’ve ever done
as an artist. We have some back ground vocals to capture and mixing decisions to make
and then we will have a new record. I can tell you this. I know the name of the album now
and I know that it will have 12 songs on it. More for you later. If you have friends who like this
type of music and you think they’d enjoy it, please encourage them to pre-order their records
as we still have to raise 50% of the funds needed to finish the record and book. Speaking of the
book, the chapters and concepts are taking shape and I’ll be spending the lions share of the next month and a half working on that. To the 615 souls who’ve taken us the first 49% of the way and to the fine musicians who’ve helped get the record rolling in grand fashion, my eternal gratitude.

xo,
SK

Song of the Fool: Foreward by Stephen Kellogg

I’ve heard it said that “youth is wasted on the young,” but I’ve never found that to be the case.

Youth is the necessary condition that keeps us going as we stumble our way through the gates of early adulthood, failing miserably and often. Still, in flashes and on good days we can also feel the rush and energy of what we later arrogantly call “accomplishment.” If I had known then what I know now, then what happened then wouldn’t have been what it was, and that would have been a damn shame because what was, was awesome. I’m getting ahead of myself though, so let me take it back a moment.

My grandfather had a great axiom he used to share with me: “Never believe your own propaganda.” Hearing him comment to that effect hundreds of times filled my brain with a healthy skepticism about what others would say of me, on both the positive and negative sides. The press, when they thought of me at all, would often write cutting reviews with the underlying message that “this guy is nothing special.” Sorry mom, but they’ve found me out! As such I tended to think of the press, when I thought of them at all, in much the same way they thought of me. Nothing special.

On the flip side it was also easy to assume that anyone with a positive assessment of my work was probably just friendly and it had nothing to do with my work actually being any good. A little self-destructive and kind of a messed up way to think, right? Nonetheless, these are the murky, narcissistic waters Hunter Sharpless was entering into when he approached us about touring with our virtually unknown band in 2009. Some would call it baggage but I like to think of it as awareness. After all we’d been making a living at it for a decade and who needed any more validation than that?

 I guess I did.

The fact is, I was not at all sure I wanted a young guy around, judging my friends and me. I held fast to Andy Rooney’s assessment that everyone thinks they could write a book “if only they had the time.” Having attempted to write one myself on multiple occasions, I realized it was harder than it looked. All the same, the lead singer in me felt a level of validation even from the whisper that someone had chosen our work to write about. I wanted to believe in Hunter. I just didn’t want to be hurt by being misunderstood or ignored (by the very real possibility that the book would never actually get written), and I didn’t want to be the subject of a “puff piece”—something I know all too well wouldn’t be representative of the man I am.

I needn’t have worried. In the book we all come off, including the author himself, as a little damaged but ultimately decent. Most of ong of the Foo is composed of material I had no idea was being observed. The moments that fit more in the cracks. They weren’t the high highs or even the low lows of the road—this was the everyday stuff. And the everyday stuff is sometimes all we have in life, so we’ve got an obligation to make the most of it. I remembered that while reading this book.

So yeah, Hunter’s a young guy, but that’s what makes his memoir special. No one told him that you don’t write books about underground cult bands that perhaps will only be read by diehard fans. You don’t write memoirs of what it’s like to be a suburban-raised, well loved teenager traveling with a painfully normal bunch of guys who treat their band as their business, guided by an affable girl with a great sense of humor. All the edges that the media and buying public crave are missing. No one told him this or if they did he didn’t listen (also a trademark of youth).

 Thank goodness they didn’t, because what resulted is a snapshot of real stuff. Authentic stuff. The stuff that makes up all of our days. No, youth isn’t wasted on the young. It’s lathered on the young in the hopes that someone will do things that haven’t been done yet and use their superpowers for good. That someone will illuminate the truth. I hope that others can learn from some of our mistakes and enjoy the reading of this story half as much as I enjoyed the living of it.

Stephen Kellogg June 2014

SK's New Album + First Book

Hello friends.

Its me, Stephen. There is so much that I could say, but I think I’m going to let this video explain what’s up.

I'm making plans to record new songs and have begun writing a collection of essays about life, marriage, and music. I hope they delight and heal you. If you trust me on that front, we have a slate of offerings that support the creation of the new album and the book. Love to each of you, and see you later, see you soon!

xoxo,
SK

 

What Better To Do After Spring Break Than Plan Summer Break!

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SK just got back from Spring Break with the whole family in Florida, & we've been hard at work on the 8th Annual SK Family BBQ in the Marionette office. We have got some great updates for you:

  • We are so excited to tell you our openers for both nights:Colin Elmore will be opening on Friday, & fresh off our Winter Turns To Spring 2018 Tour, Hailey Steele will be opening Saturday
  • Former Sixer Boots Factor will be sitting in on Friday night, & MikelParis™ of O.A.R. will be sitting in on Saturday night. Expect to hear some of their own songs in the mix as well!

ALSO!
Want to vote on which album SK plays from start to finish on Friday night?

Get your Field Day passes by tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th!
We will send out a survey to all attendees to vote on the album on Wednesday. Again, the ONLY way to get a vote is to have your passes purchased by Tuesday--  but don't worry, passes will still remain on sale until we sell out.

Other helpful links:

Discounted White Sox tickets for 6/21- SK sings at pregame
(Form can be emailed to grandslamgroups@whitesox.mlb.com)
2 Night Concert Pass at Martyr's
Hotel Versey

We can't wait to see you there!
-Team SK

Halfway Through Winter Turns To Spring Tour Updates!

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Hey friends new and old, it's Stephen here checking in from Nashville, TN where we play tonight. Then I'll commence 13 nights in a row to bring home the record cycle of "South, West, North, East." We have lots of shows packing out and to say I'm happy about that would be the understatement of the year. Thanks for showing up for me. I'll keep showing up for you. Also, huge thanks to everyone who tags friends, shares on Facebook, or invites friends who might need these songs or stories in their life. You're the best.

Looking ahead, the Family BBQ is going to be held on June 22-23 in Chicago and we have 2 Night Passes for shows, & BBQ on sale now. Also, we are slated to perform at the White Sox game the night before, on the 21st. More on that soon, but wanted to give you a heads up that this is most likely to be an incredible weekend for this community and we'd love to have all of you there. More info & tickets: 2 Night Martyrs Concert Pass, BBQ, and Hotel Versey.

Love to you and yours. We're gonna make it through all this. You know what I mean.

SK

February 6, 2018 Newsletter

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.

xoxo,
SK

 

SK to perform at Sundance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Folk Festival and Folk Alliance Conference

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

MPress Records
Rm 641 | 130a-155a

Camp Ned, Singer-Songwriter Heaven
Rm 656 | 230a-3a

Friday, February 16
The Wisconsin Room
Rm 543 | 3p-33op

Pershing East/West
Official Showcase
615p-645p

Green Room Music Source E Nashville
Rm 612 | 1050p-1105p

KC Turner Presents
Rm 714 | 1220a-1a

SK co-writes title track of Grammy Nominated Robert Randolph record, “Got Soul”!

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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."