Country artist Logan Brill has a strong stage presence coupled with a slightly vintage country sound that echoes a bit of bluesy rock and makes a lasting impression from the first note. She recently played in London for Country Music Week and I got the chance to catch her performance. Early on in her set, she performed her single, ‘World Still Round’ which came across as passionate, somewhat emotional and demonstrated her detailed vocal control and superb timing.
She played a cover of ‘Jolene’ in her set as well which was a real treat. It had all the soulfulness of the original with a slight teary sound that lent the requisite musicality to her rendition. Moreover, the audience adored it and you just knew Dolly would have been proud.
Logan took a moment during her performance to discuss the recent shooting in Nashville, given her connection to the town and the music industry, and she decided to sing a song that she had sung previously in the week called, ‘Shine On Me’. She felt it was the right time to share the song as its about sharing an experience together. The song truly resonated with the tragic events and proved her authenticity as a writer and a performer. She came across as a natural talent and the a cappella ending was extremely poignant and heartfelt.
She later explained that she started in music by playing a bit of blues and in her performance of ‘Love Me Like a Man’, it rang true. She had an absolute handle on the feel of a blues song in voice and sound. It was simple and uncomplicated as was her entire set.
She is clever, carries her heart through each song, is attentive and comfortable in her abilities to be a genuine singer and songwriter.
Prior to her set, I also had a few minutes with Logan to discuss her life in country music and how she finds performing to UK audiences among other things.
How did you get started playing country music? Was it a natural progression/choice for you?
It was. I grew up in East Tennessee so I feel like it’s so much part of the culture. I think the culture in East Tennessee, like with bluegrass and country, and you just grow up with it around you all the time. I always wanted to move to Nashville, that was always the goal, and moving there just gave me the even bigger dose of country music. Just writing with other people, that really influenced me to take my music even more in that direction when I first moved to town. I feel like have a lot of other influences as I grew up listening to a wide range of music. But, country always felt like it had the right kind of fit.
How long have you been in Nashville?
A little over eight years.
How do go about the process of creating an album? Do you find it a natural and organic evolution to completion or is it something you have to push a bit to get where you want to go?
I tend to like to have everything happen pretty organically. I tend not to give myself major deadlines for an album, my last album came out two years ago now, and I’m just now getting into working on the next one. But, I needed that time to write and making sure I have the right songs. Its sort of been a fluid thing. I kinda feel like it should all happen naturally. I like to get a bit of life experience between every record because I feel like I need to evolve as an artist with each record. This next record will be different in some ways to the last one because I’m older and different than I made the last one.
Last year you performed at The Grand Ole Opry with Vince Gill, that must have been an amazing experience…
It was pretty insane. I had a show with him in Chatanooga, Tennessee and he had heard a song I had played that had come up in the round and he came up and said, ‘I really love that song!’. And so, a couple of weeks later I found out he was going to be at the Opry at the same night and I thought, maybe I’ll just call him and see. Because he doesn’t do texts and I don’t know how he is on email! And, I said, ‘Hey, would you like to sing together?’ and I believe his direct response was, ‘Sure, I just hope I don’t ruin your career.’ And I thought, ‘ I think I’ll be ok!’ He is a very humble guy. He is a natural ambassador for country music. He is such a legend but he genuinely does care about giving back to the newer artists. I was really to have that stage experience with him.
Have you performed for UK audiences before? How do you find it compares to audiences back home?
Yes, I did the C2C festival in March this year. My very first time here was last August. I played the Nashville Meets London Festival. This is a great experience. I keep coming back and I feel like I am seeing a lot of familiar faces at shows. I find the audiences here so attentive and you can really feel they have a deeper respect for original music which I haven’t experienced to that level in the States. Not that the US audiences don’t appreciate original music. They pay way more attention here somehow.
Have you got more touring planned in the UK or back home?
I am done here for now this week and then do a little travelling after this for fun and then headed back to Nashville. At the end of the year I will really be focusing on the record but I might do a couple of shows here and there but for the most part I will just be home.
What is coming up for you next year?
So, yep, new record, that the main thing I’m focusing on. Like I said, I have been doing a lot of writing and just started tracking. It’s hard to keep switching back and forth from touring mindset to writing mindset to being back on the road. And, it always slows down nearer to the holidays. So, I am going to switch into that headspace and hope to have a record next year. No exact release date in mind but hopefully first of next year. And, maybe be back next year for C2C year hopefully!
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