SK plays Counting Crows "Underwater Sunshine Festival" & speaks at Kansas International Film Festival presenting "Last Man Standing
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.
"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."
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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.
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
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!
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:
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 email@example.com)
2 Night Concert Pass at Martyr's
We can't wait to see you there!
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.
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