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Ken Stringfellow, Phillip Brantley

It’s no surprise that Ken Stringfellow has been tapped to play Athens’ newest venue, as his connections here run deep; Stringfellow was a touring member (and sometimes studio musician) with R.E.M. throughout the past decade of that band’s existence. Need more proof of the adequacy of his rock and roll résumé? Stringfellow was a founding member of The Posies and also played with the reunited Big Star in the ’90s and early 2000s. Now touring solo, he has recruited a female singer in each town to join him onstage for a few duets. (Flagpole has heard rumors as to who’s joining him for his Athens show, but we won’t spoil the surprise.) In the meantime, check out Stringfellow’s latest effort, Danzig in the Moonlight.