Concert Review: Stephen Kellogg and Tift Merritt

The Solo and Low Down Tour brought Stephen Kellogg and Tift Merritt to a sold-out Club Café on Cinco de Mayo.

The petite and feisty Tift Merritt took the stage all in black.  With a lot of energy and spunk Ms. Merritt played the guitar and keyboards.  At only 5 feet tall, she commands the stage with her strong voice and musicianship.  She performed music from her catalog that included Broken and Mixtape, a song she wrote in France, Another Country, along with a couple of new songs and Good Hearted Man from her CD Tambourine, which was Grammy nominated in the Best Country Album category.

When you see Stephen Kellogg without the Sixers, it really makes you focus on his strong songwriting skills.  I found myself listening intently to all the lyrics.  He stayed center stage, playing the guitar and harmonica with a crate nearby acting as a table holding his mugs and various harmonicas.  Mr. Kellogg, tall and slim all in black, performed for about 70 minutes with mostly a mix of Sixers fan favorites.  There was one new song 1993 that will be on the upcoming Sixers CD due out in September.  It’s another love song, about meeting his wife and starting a family.  Among the songs:  A (With Love), 4th of July, Sweet Sophia, My Old Man.  Mr. Kellogg shared some quotes about life, romance, work and success.  Ms. Merritt joined Mr. Kellogg on stage for a duet on the Kenny Loggins penned Danny’s Song.  The 3-song encore included The Bear and Satisfied Man followed by a toast to the audience.

Barb S. – Sunday Mix Host