Ken Stringfellow will be performing a stripped-down acoustic set at the Rowan County Arts Center on September 27.
The evening will be focused around his album “Touched” which was released on September 11, 2001. Stringfellow said the tragedy of the attack on the World Trade Center changed the entire meaning of his album.
“Some of the ideas of grief and loss in the record suddenly took on a whole new level of meaning,” said Stringfellow, of California. “Maybe it was a kind of fate that the album was released that day.”
A show was booked at the Mercury Lounge in New York 9 days after the attack. Now, 18 years past, the venue asked him to return which sparked the entire tour.
“If I’m going to be back at the venue around that date, I should play that album,” he said. “It morphed from a one off to a full on 60 date North American tour.”
The stop in Morehead was suggested by Rowan County native and friend of Stringfellow, John Black.
“Like a house concert, I would like to make this an intimate listening experience,” said Black.
He is hoping this will be a pilot to starting a concert series in Morehead. If the series gets going, Black is considering the title "Listen! Hear! Now!"
“If this kinda works out and we feel like we can generate an audience I would like to maybe try this again,” said Black, who considers himself an avid concert goer and hopes to see a variety of genres come to Morehead.
Stringfellow will be playing other tunes from his over 30 years of musicianship. He was the founding member of the Posies and has produced work with other well-known musicians like Big Star, REM, Neil Young and Ringo Starr.
Karen Allen from Charleston, West Virginia will be joining him for the event. He produced her album “Here We Are Now.”
“When I am working with a solo artist like that, we have to get to the core of things emotionally to make those songs come to life properly,” he said. ““We don’t get that many opportunities [to perform together].”
When Stringfellow first started doing solo tours he said he thought he was having to do more with less but that has drastically changed.
“When these shows are small, they are very effective,” he said. “Some really magically things can happen at that point.”
The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will end at 10:00 p.m. More information and tickets can be found online at https://ksmorehead.eventbrite.com