Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers / Jon McLaughlin / Graham Colton
- Categories: Rock
- Event posted: Aug. 1, 2011
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, 7 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
- Cost: $15 - $17
- Age limit: All ages
Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers is a Massachusetts' quartet made up of two distinct parts. In one corner stands the unmistakably jubilant personality of rock-n-roll's The Sixers; in the other sits an authentic American songwriter in a period of profound growth. Rising triumphantly in the center is a band whose music is the perfect marriage of the two.
A few months after the band formed, they experienced a harrowing flight to Florida where they collectively saw their lives flash before their eyes. The experience caused them to all do a lot of soul searching. The result is Glassjaw Boxer – a lasting letter to the world about family and friendships. As a songwriter, Stephen emerged from the flight with a new found appreciation for everything and everyone in his life and his heartfelt songs reach out to those he cares most about. Delving into thoughts and issues we all struggle with on a daily basis.
Produced by Whiskeytown's Mike Daly with mixing help from Dave Bryson of Counting Crows and guest appearances by Mike Daly, Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown / Vocals) and Marc Roberge (O.A.R / Vocals) among others, the songs of Glassjaw Boxer warmly envelop the listener. As strummed acoustic and electric guitars share space with accordions, trumpets, and soaring lap steel, Kellogg crafts an impassioned set of music that is not observed from a distance, but intimately experienced. "We've traded nostalgia for brutal honesty," says Kellogg.
On stage, these new songs add another layer to an already engaging live show that effortlessly mixes rollicking shoulder-to-shoulder singalongs, casually-spun four-part fables, and triumphant moments of musical synchronicity. With the Glassjaw Boxer material, the emotional spectrum expands even further, as Kellogg takes a quieter moment to share a soulful ballad or a poignant reflection. "It's that much more of a ride," says Kellogg.