Interview: Chatting to Logan Brill about new music, Country Music Week and more

Logan Brill is a country singer/songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2015 Logan released her much loved album Shuteye and has played in the UK over the last couple of years for C2C Festival and Nashville Meets London. In October, we welcome Logan back to the UK to be a part of Country Music Week where she will be playing a number of shows. We caught up with Logan to discuss her UK trip, her music and much more.

Enjoy!

Hi Logan how are you?

Great, thank you!

What have you been up to lately?

I’ve been busy touring this summer, and when I’m not on the road I’ve been writing and preparing for a new record.

Tell us a little bit about your background in music?

Growing up, my parents filled our house with music. We always had records playing and instruments lying around, so I fell in love with music at a young age. When I was 18 I finally decided to make the move to Nashville to work towards pursuing it professionally.

What made you decide to go in the direction of country music?

A lot of my biggest influences growing up were country, folk and americana artists – Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Wynona Judd, to name a few – so I feel like country music is a part of who I am and where I come from.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I try to make music that is authentic.

How would you describe your songwriting?

To me, songwriting is a like a muscle you need to exercise. I try to write as much as I can so I can stay connected to that creative energy.

Do you have a favourite song to perform?

I have so many favorites! I really love playing the title track to my record “Shuteye”. It has so much energy so I love getting into that one. But I also love to strip it down and perform “I Wish You Loved Me”.

You are no stranger to the UK as have been here for both C2C and Nashville Meets London, were they the only times you have been here? Even as a holiday?

I’ve been lucky to visit the U.K. a few times before I came over to tour. One of my best friends in high school spent summers with her dad in a small town called Oundle, North of London, so I spent a few weeks there with her. Then I was back in London during the 2012 Olympics which was a lot of fun.

What was your first performance here like and did you have any expectations?

I didn’t know what to expect for my first show at the Nashville Meets London Festival last year, so it was really inspiring to see how many country music fans there are in the U.K. Since then I’ve seen a lot of familiar faces, coming back for C2C festival this past March, and even touring in Ireland last month.

Were you aware of the UK country fan base and do you think country music has grown since your first time here?

I was pleasantly surprised to see how popular country music is in the U.K. It definitely seems like the fan base is growing, especially through festivals like C2C and Country Music Week!

You just performed at Harvest Festival in Ireland – how was that?

Harvest Festival was great! I absolutely loved Ireland, and it was fun to see some fans I had met touring in London who had come over for the festival too.

Did you catch any live acts?

I did! Dan and Shay were amazing and I loved seeing some of the Nashville songwriters I know playing at the songwriting round.

How much site seeing did you get to do?

I was lucky to have a few days off before the festival to visit friends in Dublin and do some sightseeing on the West Coast of Ireland too.

I understand you have been in Italy too? Was just for a break?

Yes I was! I decided to take a few days off after the festival, and convinced my sister and my mom to fly over from Tennessee to meet me in Italy. It was a dream.
You will be returning in October to be part of country music week which is very exciting – What is it about the UK that keeps bringing you back?

The audiences in the U.K. have been so welcoming. There is such an appreciation for original music, and the fans I’ve met have really made an effort to reach out and connect with me after the shows which has meant a lot.

What can we expect from your set and will we hear any new music?

I’m working on a new record now, so I will definitely be playing a few new songs!

Your most recent album was Shut Eye – which is fantastic. Firstly, why that title and tell us about the title track and the inspiration behind it.

The title track is actually a song written by songwriters Ryan Tyndell and Bryan Simpson. It was a song I heard and immediately said, “I want to sing that!” It has an attitude about it that I really gravitated towards, and I knew it would be really fun to play live. I thought the title “Shuteye” would be compelling for the record too.

Could you also tell me about the song World Still Round as I believe that was released as a single? What is the story behind it?

The idea for World Still Round came about when I was writing with a friend of mine, Scooter Carusoe, in Nashville. I was dating and watching friends of mine fall in and out of relationships, and decided it was something I felt compelled to write about. I wanted to write a song about a relationship ending, that felt hopeful in a way. The idea that the end of one relationship doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Sometimes it takes a lot of failed relationships to find the one that works. We wrote about half the song sitting at a pancake house in Nashville called the Pancake Pantry.

Have you heard Jess and The Bandits cover?

I have! It’s very cool. It’s really flattering that someone liked the song so much to cover it.

Do you know each other?

No, I haven’t met them!

You are currently working on a new album When can we expect to hear it?

I’m really excited to finally be working on a new record. I’ve spent a lot of the past two years writing to prepare for the next project, and I’m looking forward to finally getting into the studio this month to get the ball rolling. I would imagine something will be released in 2018.

If you are asked to perform a cover song for a show – what are you likely to cover?

One of my favorite songs to cover is “Jolene” by Dolly Parton.

Who are you listening to in music at the moment?

My taste is all over the place, so I mix up the things I listen to all the time. Currently, I’m really loving the new Bruno Mars record and the latest Leon Bridges record.

What is your favourite movie?

It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a Christmas movie, so I only watch it once a year, but it’s such a beautiful film. Still relevant after all these years.

You have a day off – what would you usually do?

Go for a run, make a giant breakfast – I make killer omelets if I do say so myself – visit with friends I’ve missed while I’ve been gone!

If you could see any artist live, who would it be?

Bruce Springsteen is number one on my bucket list.

Thank you so much for chatting to me today and we look forward to welcoming you back to the UK during Country Music Week.

Purchase Shuteye by Logan Brill here

 

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