Ken Stringfellow--musician, songwriter, producer, arranger--has been part of the indie
landscape since the debut of his acclaimed band The Posies in 1988. Hailing from the
musical hotbed of Seattle at the time when that music scene exploded into national
prominence, The Posies went on to sign with Geffen Records and released brilliant,
successful albums such as 1993’s legendary “Frosting on the Beater”. The band is still
active today, having released their seventh album, “Blood/Candy” in 2010...an album
heaped with critical praise in the UK press...the Word magazine devoted an entire page
to a review which called it “a finely calibrated....dazzling tapestry”.
In addition to his groundbreaking work with the Posies, Ken was part of rock legends
Big Star, one of the most acclaimed and legendary groups of all time, from 1993 until
the death of Alex Chilton in 2010. Ken played bass, sang and helped create the band’s
2005 album “In Space”, their first since 1978’s timeless “Third/Sister Lovers”. He’s still
frequently called upon to perform, speak about, and celebrate the music of one of the
cornerstones of indie rock.
Ken also spent ten years on the road and in studio with R.E.M., appearing on two
albums (2001’s “Reveal” and 2004’s “Around the Sun”), and propelling the band on
keyboards, bass, guitar and accordion during headlining slots at Glastonbury, Rock
In Rio, Rock Am Ring, etc as well as on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, Saturday
Night Live, Later With Jools Holland and countless others.
The list of collaborations goes on: guitarist in punk legends Lagwagon; producer/
engineer on albums for Damien Jurado, the Long Winters, China’s Hanggai, and
dozens more; on stage and on album appearances with Snow Patrol (keyboards on
their landmark “Eyes Open” album), Neil Young, Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Death Cab
For Cutie...to list all his work over the years would add up to hundreds of albums and
thousands of live appearances.