Music — Road leads Kellogg here
Singer says touring the best way to cultivate grassroots fans
By Richie Victorino firstname.lastname@example.org
You know you’re a road warrior when you’ve given names to the trailer and hitch that have faithfully hauled your precious belongings across the country, all while you ride in style in your “pimped-out sweet mini van.”
And so it is that Loch Sheldrank (the van), Sean (the trailer) and Evan (the hitch) have created a home away from home for the hardworking Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers.
“[Touring] is so important to what we’ve done with the grassroots thing,” Kellogg said, from inside Loch Sheldrank on the way to a show in Mansfield, Mass. “One of the few things you can really control is the live element. It’s night school for rock bands.”
Kellogg has been on the road and in the recording studio for years and has three solo albums to his credit. But the addition of the Sixers on his last two albums, 2004’s Bulletproof Heart and the self-titled 2005 release holds a special place in Kellogg’s heart.
Before the Sixers, Kellogg found any musicians he could to record and tour with.
“It wasn’t really what I dreamed about doing when I was a kid,” he said. “I wanted to be in a band, with the camaraderie.”
Kellogg and the Sixers vaguely knew each other at UMass-Amherst.
“We knew each other through various bands but we never played together,” Kellogg said.
After college real life hit these guys fast.
“We all had real crappy jobs and started thinking about who we knew, and how can we all be in a better situation,” Kellogg said.
And that’s when, one by one, Kellogg and the members of the Sixers crossed paths.
Kellogg is a singer and songwriter, and his sound demonstrates that, even with the addition of the band. The music never gets too hard, yet the band is able to keep it from getting boring, and Kellogg’s lyrics are full of meaningful anecdotes.
He’s a storyteller and an observer and is always putting pen to paper.
“I like to keep writing all the time. Even if you’re writing sh-t, you’re still working the muscle,” he said.
Nowadays Kellogg is watching his world grow. Now he has the Sixers by his side, “an expanded team of people working toward a goal” of making music, and nicer equipment thanks to some heavy touring and successful album sales.
“Yeah, I’d have to say we’re all in a better situation,” he said.
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers perform Thursday, July 7, at a free show at Veteran’s Park on Elm Street in Manchester.
Show starts at 7 p.m. Rachel Davis (www.racheldavis.com) opens.
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers are:
Stephen Kellogg - guitar/vocals
Keith “Kit” Karlson - bass/keys
Brian “B-fact” Factor - drums
Chris Soucy - guitar/bass
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