Introducing Stephen Kellogg live dates:
Tues 9th July – The Bedford – London
77 Bedford Hill Balham SW12 9H
www.thebedford.com Time 8.00 pm
Wed 10 July
There will also be a screening this week for Stephen Kellogg at Wise Buddah on Wednesday 10th.
The event will last from 18:00-19:30pm, showing Stephen’s TED Talk and Thanksgiving videos.
The address for Wise Buddah is: 74 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 7QP
Thurs 11th July – Barfly – London Music Week Presents
more UK dates to be added very soon …
In the great American tradition of musical troubadour and documentarians of society, Stephen Kellogg has been furrowing the great American roads with his band the Sixers and their brand of American rock and roll for the past decade. During that time, he has grown successful to the point of recognition of his artistic insights, to be asked to do a TED talk, which are only reserved for respected important artists and innovators. His theme relies on the realisation that “it was better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb, than at the top of one you don’t”.
It is striking that having lived through a challenging and changing moment in life in 2012, including the decision of the band to take a hiatus, the musical result of this tumultuous period is “Blunderstone Rookery” which also coincides with a desire to visit England and plough his musical stories over here. Stephen will be introducing his album due for release in the UK on August 12th on Bread and Butter Music, by a special live Performance on July 11th at the Barfly.
The title of the album “ Blunderstone Rookery” comes from the boyhood home of Kellogg’s favourite character in his favourite book, “David Copperfield”. The original title of which was “The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account”. The production of the album was shared with long time collaborator Kit Karlson and recorded in Bridgeport Connecticut – near home and mixed by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) It comprises 11 songs including the epic masterpiece “Thanksgiving” a 10 minute song that sums up the life of a man from birth to death, touching on love, marriage, raising a family, sickness, old age and mortality and underlines the record’s overall themes of hope, redemption and forgiveness.
“Kellogg has taken his storyteller writing style and really captured moments within his life and turned them into meaningful music.” – Blog critics Music
“Although the band has always brought a great degree of depth and intelligence to its music, the last year or so has prodded them to let their Americana roots show even more…” – Washington Examiner
“For more than two decades, Stephen Kellogg has been penning some of the catchiest pop and roots rock on the planet with his band The Sixers…Kellogg has become an Americana performer, a style he’s honed to accessible perfection on his soon-to-be-released “Blunderstone Rookery.” – Portland Tribune
“The former Sixers frontman steps out on his own with this epic track Thanksgiving…a nice follow-up to his last record…ranked among USA TODAY’S best albums of that year.” – USA TODAY