Last Man Standing is a 30 minute documentary about Stephen Kellogg, his music and the making of his newest record, 'South, West, North, East'. There are cameos by Marc Roberge, Josh Ritter and Serena Ryder as well. No Depression says he is "the best songwriter your not listening to" and CBS Radio calls him "the best live act you've never seen."
Stephen Kellogg has been my favorite musician for the last 15 years, since I was 22 years old. His music has been the soundtrack to my life and I've seen him play live at least once a year, most years. He is the most outrageously relentlessly prolific and authentic creative person I have ever known. He walks the journey of the creative life, and shares the triumph and darkness with those of us who are sensitive enough to listen. I have often wondered when he'll "make it big" and become super famous. But he is so brutally vulnerable, so alarmingly open, and most people find that too confronting for the comfortably numb existence they're precariously trying to maintain. I go to Stephen Kellogg shows because I want to feel something, to connect with my own humanity by connecting with his light.
This film is beautifully done, and it captures Stephen's essence. The thing is, Stephen Kellogg is the same guy in his songs, on stage, and in this film--we love him because he isn't trying to be someone else. And it's rare to connect with the work of a musical genius without having to filter out the corruption and distortion of fame. This film is a gift to every devoted Stephen Kellogg fan and every person who has brushed up against the possibility of sharing their creative work. It's terrifying, and yet Stephen walks with grace through all these years and all these songs, inspiring countless people he doesn't even know. Lucky for us, he's not a guy who gives up. I'll take him at his word on that.
I was technically already an adult when I first started listening to SK's music, but I feel like I grew up to it. The intimacy in these lyrics feels like the kind shared between the closest of friends, and countless times over the years when I've been lonely or conflicted or even perfectly content - in those moments it's been so meaningful to sit down at my stereo (or with my discman, ipod, or in my car), turn on these songs, and feel understood. The way that carefully crafted lyrics can float on a melody and just bury itself in your gut becoming a part of you - it's a beautiful thing. This short documentary captures the journey from the artist's perspective - the beauty and emotional complexity of producing the music that is essential to the soundtrack to lives like mine.
Stephen Kellogg in the Raw. I have been listening to SK for almost a decade and his albums keep getting better. This documentary is very good and is simply SK talking about how he writes his songs and how his first independent album evolved. If you have never heard of SK give him a shot, he is a great lyricist and one of the best live performers around, his shows are intimate and full of energy.
Whether you've followed SK religiously for over 10 years or you've just bought your first album, this short film will remind you why you fell in love with his music in the first place. Fans of his music aren't surprised by the sensitive, heart-on-his-sleeve, humble guy shown in the film, because this is just the way he is. You'll feel his sense of appreciation for his fans from the second he steps on stage. This guy is exactly as he appears. Warm hearted and extremely talented. Whether you're a long time fan or have just come across this film by accident, I can assure you the next half hour will be well spent. Enjoy!
A look into the day and life of Stephen Kellogg- one of the hardest working, brilliant musicians that is overlooked by mainstream America. I first saw him at a festival in Lyons, Colorado 8 years ago and he has been one of my all time favorite artists ever since! His live shows are just amazing! He is a beautiful soul and his music touches my heart! Love his passion for what he does and his desire to share it with the world- a true gift!
SK would be my favorite musician even if I didn't like his music, because of the person that he is. Luckily, his music reflects his humanity and is deep, thoughtful, and so, so good. This documentary expands on who we see at concerts and on his albums, and I loved it.
Stephen Kellogg is one of the most honest and humble musicians to ever take the stage. His love of family and honesty shine through in his music and that is one of the reasons he's in my top 3 of all time.