Edmonton based folk singer Ken Stead hopes this year will be just as busy as last year.
“ In 2014 I had a goal to play 100 shows and just made it by three shows,” said Stead, who plays the Lethbridge Folk Club Wolf’s Den, Jan. 30.
“ It was a pretty interesting experience,” he continued. He played several big festivals including the Canmore Folk Festival, Come By the Hills Blues Festival and eight others plus two Western Canadian tours.
His most recent CD “Unfinished ” has sold over 1,500 copies and has charted on college, university and community stations nationwide including CKUA. He was on Andy Donnelly’s Celtic show on CKUA, Jan. 23.
He writes about a variety of topics from cheesy love songs to Internet dating and social anxiety inspired by friends and family and people he meets as well as his own experiences.
He noted this year will be dominated by recording a new CD in March for an ideal release in June or July.
“These are songs I’ve written over the past few years. This record will be the first one where I’ve been able to test the songs on the road to see which one work so I can choose the cream of the crop,” he said.
He noted he’d like to be able to play music full time, but hasn’t reached that stage yet.