Ian Felice, lead singer and songwriter of The Felice Brothers, has released his first solo album. It’s called “In the Kingdom of Dreams,” and most of its songs are quite personal and introspective.

The artist will perform music from that new album, as well as other tunes, in a show at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne on Saturday, Dec. 23.

Felice, a guitarist, is especially known for his lyrics and storytelling. When he began work on this record, he had recovered from extensive touring in 2016 and recently learned he would soon be a father, according to an interview in The Scottish Sun.

Writer Paul Meehan spoke with Felice about some of his new tunes, including “21st Century,” which he said paints a dark picture of the reality of the United States. He asked Felice, “How bad is it and can it be fixed?” Felice said the problems are immense, but suggested he still has hope for the future.

“It’s hard not to become withdrawn and defeated in the face of so many existential threats, environmental collapse, nuclear war, the sickness of people’s obsession with guns and violence and money, the moral depravity, racism and stupidity of our leaders,” Felice said. “I think it’s going to take massive movements to overcome our problems as a species.”

Felice has been playing with The Felice Brothers, a folk rock/country rock band, since 2006. He and his siblings grew up in Palenville, N.Y., in the Catskills. They got their start performing in a New York City subway station.

StageOne at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St. Saturday, Dec. 23, 7:45 p.m. $22. Members save $3 per ticket. 203-259-1036