Tuesday, May 14th
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmFreight & Salvage
How to describe Stephen Kellogg’s music? His father loved Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, the Eagles and the Band. His sister loved rock stars with big hair, like Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. And Stephen loved it all – intimate truth-telling and outlandish posing. His music is a mixture of both, an American amalgam of rock and roll, country, and folk. He’s recorded seven albums as leader of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, and now, with the band on hiatus, he’s releasing a solo album, Blunderstone Rookery, named for the boyhood home of his favorite character in his favorite book, David Copperfield. Stephen is 36 years old, he lives in southern Connecticut with his wife and four daughters, and he never expected to make a career out of singing and writing songs. Here he is, though, with a new album that began, he says, “with the exciting notion, what if I say exactly what I want to say?” Tonight, you can hear the musical answer – intimate, entertaining, and well worth your time.
Rebecca Pidgeon has been recording albums for more than 20 years, and her latest, Slingshot, has earned rave reviews. The website allmusic calls it “direct, searingly honest, and filled with melodies and arrangements that move effortlessly between jazzy folk, pop, Americana, and even rock.” Her originals, the review goes on, “are warm and inviting yet possess a steely, courageous backbone and the precision of a stiletto in expressing what is often mercurial.” The Chicago Tribune calls the album “a stunning gathering of tunes” and Rolling Stone calls Rebecca “one of those rare singers who conveys emotion purely.” When she’s not touring, she takes care of her two children, ages 16 and 12, and also does a bit of acting when she has time.