New England singer and songwriter Stephen Kellogg will release his third solo album Blunderstone Rookery on June 11 via Elm City Music. Kellogg's new project is his first collection of songs since his band The Sixers went on indefinite hiatus in the fall of 2012. Stream lead track "Thanksgiving" below.
From the Press Release: “The title comes from the boyhood home of my favorite character in my favorite book, David Copperfield,” says singer/songwriter Stephen Kellogg of his new album Blunderstone Rookery. Like the Charles Dickens’ novel, Kellogg’s album is a largely autobiographical collection of serials, seen through the eyes of a very observant protagonist.
“In November of 2012, my band of the last ten years decided to take a hiatus,” he explains. “We performed our final show at Webster Hall in New York City for three hours and said goodbye for now. 2012 also took with it my mother-in-law and my grandmother, Most of this happened in late Spring, when my house was under renovation. The foundation was still there, but the house was literally ripped apart. Some metaphor, huh? The musical result of this tumultuous period is Blunderstone Rookery.”
The album kicks off with the acoustic lilt of “Lost and Found” about the eternal search for identity, and traipses to the lo-fi tonk of “The Brain Is A Beautiful Thing”, to the tender piano ballad “I Don’t Want To Die On The Road”, to the warm melody of the first single “Crosses”. The first-released track “Thanksgiving”, is a contemplative song that USA TODAY calls “an American coming-of-age tale [that], over the course of 10 minutes, transforms into something grander, sadder and more redemptive.”
Prior to the release of the album, Kellogg will kick off a national solo acoustic tour in listening rooms across the USA, starting in Northampton, MA on April 25 and moving right into the release of the record in June.
Produced by Kellogg and and his longtime musical collaborator Kit Karlson, Blunderstone Rookery was mixed by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) and mastered by Bob Ludwig. It was recorded in his current hometown of Bridgeport, CT, because, as he says, “after making the last few in Los Angeles and New York, I really wanted to work on home turf.” Continuing on the very personal tone of the record, he recruited a number of his friends including Travis McNabb and Annie Clements of Sugarland, Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Jerry DePizzo from OAR.
“I loved working on Blunderstone Rookery more than I’ve ever album I’ve ever made and it’s my ninth studio effort,” he says proudly. “It was a fresh process – one that began with the exciting notion, ‘what if I say exactly what I want to say’ and ended with me handing my father a vinyl copy to add to his record collection.” Blunderstone Rookery began with and ends with family, not unlike David Copperfield.