Power Pop Great Ken Stringfellow Brings Tour Celebrating 2001's 'Touched' Album to Cincinnati This Week

Stringfellow will perform his beloved 'Touched' LP — which was released on Sept. 11, 2001 — on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Downtown's Christ Church Cathedral

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Celebrated singer/songwriter Ken Stringfellow would be a Power Pop legend for his work with The Posies alone. Formed in the late ’80s in the Pacific Northwest with Jon Auer, The Posies had a Modern Rock hit with “Dream All Day,” but their debut, Failure, and subsequent ’90s albums for DGC Records are considered by many to be Power Pop masterworks.

Stringfellow and Auer received what was basically the Power Pop Presidential Medal of Honor when they were asked to join Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens for a Big Star reunion in 1993; the twosome continued their role as one-half of the third greatest Pop Rock band of all time until Chilton died in 2010. Stringfellow also toured and recorded with R.E.M. from the late ’90s through the mid-’00s.

Along with continued work with The Posies and production work, Stringfellow has done numerous session/sideman jobs and indulged in a variety of side projects. He also has a strong solo discography that began with 1997’s This Sounds Like Goodbye.

Stringfellow’s sophomore solo album, Touched, had the unfortunate release date of Sept. 11, 2001, but its sublime mix of expected hook-heavy Pop Rock gems and more subtle and rootsier tracks was widely acclaimed by critics. The album also holds a special place in the hearts of many of his fans… and of Stringfellow himself. On this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., he wrote on social media about the profound experience of releasing the album and then beginning his tour for it on Sept. 20, 2001 in New York.

“The songs on Touched became much more than just my own story,” Stringfellow wrote. “Grief, loss, religious divides that obscure our spiritual oneness… it almost seemed as if Touched was formulated in advance as a response to those times, impossible as it may seem.”


Stringfellow’s Cincinnati visit — part of his current solo tour on which he is performing Touched in full (along with other material) — was booked by local singer/songwriter Kim Taylor, who hosts occasional concerts at the venue, Christ Church Cathedral. Taylor acted in an experimental film alongside Stringfellow based on his life (sorta) called Ken – The Movie.

Tickets for Stringfellow's show Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Cathedral start at $25. Showtime is 7 p.m.