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 co incides with a desire to visit England and plough his musical stories over here.
September UK Tour dates
- Stephen will be playing all shows with multi-instrumentalist Sam Getz, who will play guitar/steel.
Tues 24th London Borderline
Wed 25th Glasgow Broadcast
Thur 26th Belfast Black Box
Fri 27th Manchester Night & Day
Sat 28th Gateshead, The Central
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.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.