True Endeavors presents:
Fort Atlantic, Caroline Brooks
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
In the great American tradition of musical troubadour and documentarians of society, Stephen Kellogg has been furrowing the great american roads with his band the Sixers and their brand of American rock and roll for the past decade. During that time, he has grown successful to the point of recognition of his artistic insights, to be asked to do a TED talk, which are only reserved for respected important artists and innovators. His theme relies on the realisation that "it was better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb, than at the top of one you don't".
It is striking that having lived through a challenging and changing moment in life in 2012, including the decision of the band to take a hiatus, the musical result of this tumultuous period is "Blunderstone Rookery" which also co incides with a desire to visit England and plough his musical stories over here.
Stephen will be introducing his album due for release in the UK on August 12th on Bread and Butter Music, by a special live Performance on July 11th at the Barfly.
The title of the album " Blunderstone Rookery" comes from the boyhood home of Kellogg's favourite character in his favourite book, "David Copperfield". The original title of which was "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account".
The production of the album was shared with long time collaborator Kit Karlson and recorded in Bridgeport Connecticut - near home and mixed by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) It comprises 11 songs including the epic masterpiece "Thanksgiving" a 10 minute song that sums up the life of a man from birth to death, touching on love, marriage, raising a family, sickness, old age and mortality and underlines the record's overall themes of hope, redemption and forgiveness.
In 2010 Fort Atlantic began as an experiment by Jon Black. After his small Athens, GA label closed their doors in 2009, Jon was left with a question: How can he continue to do what he loves in the current musical climate?
From 2009 to 2011 he recorded over 30 songs and released three EPs under his name. Keeping with the DIY mentality, Black played a wide variety of instruments himself. "The idea of making a record myself wasn't to hire someone for every instrument and then put my guitar and vocals on it. While I did ask friends to play on the record I was more interested in pushing my creative limits. If I didn't know how to play something and had access to it, I would learn."
In November of 2011 Black finished recording and took the record to New York to work with Grammy-winning mixer and producer Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples, She & Him, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright). On the record you'll find a blend of analog and digital representing the current state of human existence.
Raised in Tyler, Texas, Caroline Brooks' childhood home was saturated with the pop melodies of artists such as Paul Simon, Queen, and The Beatles. Her love of music led her to Austin's University of Texas where she was a member of the a cappella group, Ransom Notes. After leaving UT, Caroline moved to Los Angeles to collaborate with songwriters such as Jim Collins (Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy") and Phredley Brown (Bruno Mars' Music Director). She started touring nationwide, developing loyal fanbases in cities as diverse as Austin, Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles.
With a sound reminiscent of Sara Bareilles and OneRepublic, Caroline released her debut self-titled EP in 2010. The industry took notice of her innate sense of song structure and melody, prompting ASCAP President Paul Williams to say, "[Caroline] is really, really talented. I predict a very successful career." Soon, offers for TV, film, and commercial placements began coming in. This led to her song "Parachute" being featured in a trailer for Kate Hudson's film "A Little Bit of Heaven". In April 2013, she released her single "Tomorrow, Tonight," which spread rapidly after receiving enthusiastic press from sources including Entertainment Tonight, AOL, Artists on Demand, In Magazine (Releasing in July), and Huffington Post. In addition to her work as an artist, Caroline volunteers as a songwriting mentor for The 24 Foundation - a foundation providing art therapy for at-risk youth. She is currently working on new material to be released later this year.
$18 adv / $20 dos