Five Firsts: Ken Stringfellow

Ken Stringfellow
Ken Stringfellow

NAME: Ken Stringfellow
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, piano, harmonica and voice


2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Don McLean with special guest Juice Newton, Ravinia Stage, 1978. My dad took me.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … my parents bought me a Baldwin upright piano, c. 1977. I owned it til I left Seattle in 2006, I gave it to the Fleet Foxes.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … my first band, c. 1981-2, did “Twist and Shout” a la the Beatles and “I Saw Her Standing There” at a seventh grade talent show in Bellingham, WA.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … the aforementioned. We were called Shout at some point. We started in 1980. I was second fiddle to a young man named Chip, we’re still friends to this day. We did covers, at a school dance, a school bake sale, etc. We weren’t even in high school yet. Jon Auer eventually joined the last stage of this band. I was writing songs at the point, but mostly keeping them to myself.

Ken Stringfellow initially made his mark in the music world as co-founder and leader of ’90s power-popsters the Posies. Since then, he’s also played with such acclaimed bands as Big Star, the Minus 5 and a little combo named R.E.M. And along the way, he’s cranked out some mighty fine solo albums, including his new one – his fourth – Danzig in the Moonlight, which he will certainly showcase when he steps into the spotlight at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (February 23). Mod Fiction opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

AND DON’T FORGET: We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to a lucky Nippertown reader to catch Ken Stringfellow in concert at Valentine’s. Just GO HERE to enter…

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