EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Logan Mize
We are thrilled to welcome back our friend, Logan Mize!
We spoke to Logan last year and also were lucky enough to have him be a part of our “Keepin’ It Country Presents….” StageIt Series.
Now, the singer-songwriter is releasing his brand new single, “Used Up.” The song has radio hit written all over it, and it also has a pretty interesting back story (which you can read all about below). “Used Up” is debuting worldwide today and is available on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/used-up-single. Make sure you check it out!
I had the great pleasure of catching up with Logan this past weekend and hearing all about his new ventures. We all know that Logan is a very talented artist, but he also is a great guy, nice as can be, and really funny!
I just want to thank Logan again for the wonderful interview! Check it out below:
KIC: Hi Logan… I’m Jeanna with Keepin’ It Country. It’s very nice to meet you! Welcome back, and thank-you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us again.
LM: Hey Jeanna! Thank you for taking the time to interview me. And thanks for having me back!
KIC: We have had the great pleasure of speaking with you in the past, and also have had you be a part of our Keepin’ It Country Presents StageIt series. For our readers who may just be getting to know you, however, give us a little bit of the back story of how you became a singer-songwriter.
LM: Well, I didn’t have much of a choice. I spent most days in school writing poems, creating album concepts, and thinking up odd touring ideas. I started as an Agriculture major and then tried to switch to a music major, but I had no interest in learning songs. I wanted to make them up on my own. All that eventually led to me dropping out of college at Southern Illinois and slowly making my way to Nashville. I was skipping class all the time to stay in and play my guitar anyway, so it made sense to me.
KIC: Your new single, “Used Up” (which is really great by the way!), will be released this Tuesday, October 8th. Tell us about the song and the story behind it.
LM: Thank you! Well the song started out as a fairly intense marital dispute between me and Jill (my wife). I can’t remember what it was about, but I’ve been joking with my live audiences that I stormed off like Taylor Swift to go write a song about it… they usually get a good chuckle. So anyway, I’m down in the basement of our house slamming away on some chords and singing a rough sketch of words along with that melody when I hear Jill coming down the stairs. To my surprise, she was very complimentary of the song but made a suggestion that the song be titled “Used Up”. I of course thought it was a terrible idea and tried to name it everything else I could think of, but when I changed the words from whatever they were to “Used Up” the chorus just fell out perfectly in place….. at least I happen to think so. I should probably make her a co-writer on the song. Moral of the story I suppose is: listen to your wife more.
KIC: Are you working on your next album/EP? If yes, how is the process going, what can we expect from the record, and when should it be available?
LM: Yes, I’m finishing up the writing process and just trying to dig for those last few songs I may not have written yet. The record is going to be a timeless classic of course!! Ha. That’s always the goal anyway. I’m going for smart (but not too smart), thoughtful, and simple. This album will be the most accurate representation of me to date. In the past, I’ve let my opinion be swayed one way or another by folks I’ve worked alongside in the industry. But this time, I’m going to give myself the opportunity to let it be exactly what I want to hear and feel. I would expect an early 2014 release.
KIC: Any other projects you have lined up that you can share with us?
LM: Currently, I’m also working on a concept album called “Prairieville” with my writing cohort Blake Chaffin. It’s about a fictitious town on the Great Plains and mostly explores the characters that live there. Our dream is to write a narrative for the album and get Kevin Costner to guest appear. If we can’t get him, we’ll probably shoot for an old farmer we find somewhere at an early morning co-op coffee gathering.
KIC: I know you have some shows this month. Any other tour plans soon?
LM: I know next year is going to get busy so I’m looking forward to winding down in Nov. and Dec. so I can finish the record and be at home with my family for a while.
KIC: I read that Tom Petty is your favorite songwriter. Who are some other influences?
LM: Yeah, I’m a Petty freak. I’ve always admired Alan Jackson. Great writing and simple delivery. Elton John as well. Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Dixie Chicks. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aerosmith, James McMurtry… way too many to list. If its good, I listen and take notes.
KIC: What is the songwriting process like for you? Where do you pull inspiration from?
LM: It varies really. Most times it starts with a melody or rhythmic idea in my head. I try to get it out on guitar usually and then let the lyric fall in place around it. Songwriting for me is kind of like landscape painting, and then telling a story about the place.
KIC: You’ve opened for artists such as Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and the list goes on. What have those experiences been like? Does any show/tour in particular stick out in your mind as a favorite?
LM: I’m very grateful for those opportunities. It’s a great way to get in front of crowds when not a lot of people know your music. I owe every one of them a huge thanks, but I gotta say Dierks has been my favorite. The guy is just so nice and down to earth you can’t help but love him when you first meet him. I still don’t know him extremely well, but I would open for him any chance I get.
KIC: I know you have written for Bucky Covington, and are a dedicated songwriter in addition to recording your own music. If you could pick a dream artist to record one of your songs, who would it be?
KIC: Last season you were a guest star on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie.” How was the experience? Would you like to do more television appearances or acting in the future?
LM: I loved it. The people on the set were so great to us and I learned a lot. It was fun gallivanting around LA for a couple of days pretending I was a real actor. And yes, I want to do a lot more of it. It was something new and different. I’ve always worked on writing screenplays just for fun, but maybe one of these days I’ll put it into action.
KIC: What’s one thing you would like our readers to take away from this interview?
LM: The notion to go buy “Used Up” on iTunes :). Haha. Actually now after that comment, I’ll just shoot for them hopefully not thinking I’m a total toolbag.
KIC: Anything else you would like to add or share with us?
LM: I recently produced an album on Jill Martin (my lovely companion) and I think it’s definitely worth checking out. I believe it got up to 24 on the iTunes country album chart so she’s having success with it. I’ll probably have to ride her coat tails before too long.
Lightning Fire Round:
All-time favorite song lyrics: “My baby does the hanky panky.”
All-time favorite country song: “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow”
Dream duet partner: Jill Martin of course… But Mary Chapin Carpenter would be nuts!
Favorite song to cover: “You Wreck Me” by Tom Petty
Album you’re currently listening to: Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Current favorite TV show: Parenthood
Favorite thing about the Fall season: weather and pumpkin patches
Favorite holiday: Well, I like the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas more than the actual holidays themselves.
We want to congratulate Logan on his single release, and we look forward to hearing even more new music from him soon!
One more thing, fans… you can win an autographed acoustic guitar from Logan! “Used Up” will be on Sirius XM Radio’s The Highway as one of their Highway Finds! For details and how to enter the contest: http://loganmize.com/used-up.
And for more information on Logan and his music, visit his website: http://loganmize.com/.
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