Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers set to release ‘Gift Horse’ October 11th

Music News | Aug 1st, 2011

Massachusetts rockers Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, Kit “Goose” Karlson (keys, bass, vocals), Brian “Boots” Factor (drums, vocals) and Sam “Steamer” Getz (guitars, vocals)— return this fall with Gift Horse, their second studio release on Vanguard Records, available on October 11th. Produced by Mark Weinberg, Gift Horse brings the rich legacy of rock & roll into the present tense with 11 real-life narratives about love, family, and what it means to be an American today.

Stephen Kellogg chose to title the album Gift Horse for a clear cut thematic reason. “There’s the old saying, ‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,’” Kellogg says, “which translated as showing appreciation for what you have.’ That’s exactly what this record’s about – appreciation that I have a job right now in 2011, with all that’s going on economically in our country; appreciation for my family, because there’s nothing that I value more; and appreciation of America in general.”

Nowhere is this theme more apparent than on the first single and opening track, “Gravity.” Kellogg writes, “Gravity you’re knocking me out/ You’re shakin’ me up till I twist and I shout/ Oh, Gravity it’s okay in the clouds/ But I love it right here with my feet on the ground.”

Click here for a free download of “Gravity.”

Leading up to the release of the album, SK6ERS embark on a North American headline tour with Jon McLaughlin beginning September 27th in Birmingham, AL. Additional stops include Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. See full list of tour dates below.

With Gift Horse Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers make a bold statement with a simple message. If you are ready to embrace the core values of life wrapped in timeless rock & roll then this is the record you’ve been waiting for.

Gift Horse Track Listing:

1. Gravity
2. Who We Are, Who We’ll Become
3. Long Days, Fast Years
4. 1993
5. Charlie and Annie
6. Songs For Lovers
7. We Belong Here
8. Watch You Grow
9. My Favorite Place
10. Roots and Wings
11. Noelle, Noelle

Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers – Boys Only (Plus Girls) Tour

September 27 @ WorkPlay, Birmingham, AL (with Amy Lennard)
September 28 @ The Social, Orlando, FL (with Amy Lennard)
September 29 @ Vinyl, Atlanta, GA (with Amy Lennard)
September 30 @ Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC (with Amy Lennard)
October 1 @ Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC (with Amy Lennard)
October 3 @ Exit/In, Nashville, TN (with Amy Lennard)
October 5 @ Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI (with Amy Lennard)
October 6 @ Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (with Amy Lennard)
October 7 @ Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI (with Amy Lennard)
October 8 @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL (with Amy Lennard)
October 9 @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL (with Amy Lennard)
October 11 @ Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA (with Amy Lennard)
October 12 @ The Egg, Albany, NY (with Amy Lennard)
October 13 @ Paradise, Boston, MA (with Amy Lennard)
October 14 @ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT (with Amy Lennard)
October 15 @ Iron Horse, Northampton, MA (with Amy Lennard)
October 25 @ Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso, IN (*Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers and Chris Koza ONLY*)
October 26 @ Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI (with Chris Koza)
October 27 @ Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
October 28 @ The Basement, Columbus, OH (with Chris Koza)
October 29 @ Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI (with Chris Koza)
October 30 @ Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT
October 31 @ Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY
November 2 @ Café 210, State College, PA (with Deep River)
November 3 @ World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA (with Deep River)
November 4 @ World Cafe Live, Wilmington, DE (with Deep River)
November 5 @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC (with Deep River)
November 25 @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
November 26 @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
November 29 @ Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO (with Graham Colton)
November 30 @ The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS (with Graham Colton)
December 1 @ Fox Theater, Boulder, CO (with Graham Colton)
December 2 @ Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO (with Graham Colton)
December 3 @ State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
December 4 @The Reef, Boise, ID
December 6 @ Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
December 7 @ Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
December 8 @ Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
December 9 @ Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
December 10 @ Winston’s, San Diego, CA
December 13 @ HOB-Cambridge Room, Dallas, TX
December 14 @ The Parish, Austin, TX
December 15 @ White Rabbit, San Antonio, TX
December 16 @ Capital, Houston, TX


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