Bay Area singer/songwriter Logan Ledger sets his songs in shadowy spaces: the bottom of the ocean, cells of Alcatraz, dreamless bedrooms, desolate streets.
Produced by 13-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett, Ledger’s self-titled debut matches his moody noir lyricism with a darkly toned take on country music, a sound that’s stylistically wayward yet deeply grounded in classic songmanship. He first felt compelled to sing after his grandmother introduced him to Roy Orbison. Taking up guitar at 12, he began writing songs and collecting Smithsonian Folkways CDs. While attending Columbia University, Ledger hosted a radio show and played in bluegrass bands. He moved to Nashville, worked in bars and played in bands. Renowned bassist, Dennis Crouch, passed a Ledger demo to Burnett. The legendary producer invited Ledger to L.A., and they started working on Ledger’s debut. Ledger points out. That uninterrupted and possibly transcendent flow is the desired takeaway for listeners of his debut. “I’d love for people to get into a meditative space when they hear the record, to sit with the songs and really take their time with them. I think there’s a value in letting things happen at a much slower pace, especially in our current culture of instant gratification. It’s really not even a conscious decision for me—it’s just how I feel and how I like to do things, so I’m just going to keep going with it.”