As he prepares to perform at this year’s Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Christopher Paul Stelling is also celebrating his signing to famed record label Anti-.

“You make your art and you put it out there,” he says in a statement issued by his new musical home. “When people listen, I hope they get that I care and that I’m trying. That it’s okay to be afraid, because fear is necessary for developing courage, and courage is necessary to face what we are up against.”

Stelling’s powerful words stem from a somewhat nomadic life that found him eventually settling in New York City. Throughout that time, he developed an incredible guitar style, creating melodies through his lightning fast finger-picking.

If you’re not familiar with Stelling’s sound -- one that is reminiscent of the great folksters and bluesmen of decades past -- watch a chilling, intimate performance in the video below:

Along with his Anti- signing, Stelling has shared his upcoming tour itinerary which will find him traveling to Tennessee after his stint in Kansas City, wrapping up in Easton, Pa., at the Mercantile Home on March 28. You can stay up-to-date with everything happening in Stelling's world at his official website.

Christopher Paul Stelling 2015 Tour
Feb. 20: Folk Alliance -- Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 21: Folk Alliance -- Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 27: Sugarlands Distilling Co. -- Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Feb. 28: Willow Tree -- Johnson City, Tenn.
March 2: The Pour House -- Raleigh, N.C.
March 3: Crown Station Pub -- Charlotte, N.C.
March 5: Savannah Stopover -- Savannah, Ga.
March 6: Savanna Stopover -- Savannah, Ga.
March 8: Tin Roof -- Charlotte, S.C.
March 10: Mindzai Creative - Atlanta, Ga.
March 11: Desert Island Supply Co. -- Birmingham, Ala.
March 13: Fair Grinds Coffee -- New Orleans, La.
March 14: Standpipe Coffee -- Lufkin, Texas
March 26: The Garage -- Charlottesville, Va.
March 27: Café Nola -- Frederick, Md.
March 28: Mercantile Home -- Easton, Pa.