By Crystal Harrell
Country crooner Logan Brill played at Stagecoach’s Palomino Stage on April 26 to an excited audience, as Brill put on an extremely fun and high-energy set. She dazzled the crowd with amped-up performances of songs like “Scars,” “Month of Bad Habits,” and a contemporary rendition of Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene,” armed with a killer electric guitar solo.
“I haven’t played at a festival of this caliber, but I’ve played for crowds of this type before. The energy was off the charts; it was so great. I’d love to come back [to Stagecoach] next year, hopefully,” Brill exclaimed.
Logan Brill is a rising star in Nashville’s country music scene, having released her debut album Walking Wires in 2013 to much acclaim, and will release her second studio album, Shuteye, on June 2. “It’s definitely an evolution for me as an artist from my first record. It has a lot more movement to it, I think. I toured with the first record for a long time, and loved playing it to the kind of listening room theatre crowd because there were a lot of mid-tempo ballads on there. But [Shuteye] moves so much more, and it’s very fun to play to larger crowds. I’m excited for it–the record rocks a little more,” explained the songstress.
Although not from a family of musicians, Logan Brill has woven a deep connection to music from a young age. Her family exposed her to a variety of genres in her early years, impacting her furthermore to pursue music as a career. “[My influences] are all across the board, but I always come back to my parents’ era of music. They really filled my house with music growing up, like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Gram Parsons for the country side, but also artists like Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, and things that have a more bluesy-rock sound to them. I’d say if you look at my iPod right now, it’s mostly oldies,” Brill revealed.
With that being said, the singer has used these musical influences to help craft her own unique sound and intimate brand of storytelling in the lyrics of her songs. Brill finds wonder in the ordinary when penning her poignant tracks, the process never being the same experience.
“It depends on the day, honestly. When I feel like I have even just a phrase I want to write about, or sometimes it’s a piece of music, I just play something on the guitar that feels right. I go off on a lot of movie scenes, books, and things I read about, so I get inspiration from everyday life. But a lot of times, it’s sitting in a room with another person and staring at the wall, saying ‘Well, it’s raining outside. Let’s write a ballad!’ The vibe of the room has a lot to do with it as well,” she stated.
Brill loves when fans are able to connect with her songs on a personal level, being the true test of a songwriter’s skill. “‘Scars’ was one of the first songs I wrote when I came to Nashville, and I wrote it about a breakup I went through during a time when I was very emotional about it. I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say that it helped them through a hard period of their life, and it’s great because I turn to music, too, in tough times and I’m glad that song connected with listeners,” Brill said.
Having already played a show with The Band Perry in Virginia Beach to an audience of about 25,000 people and making her debut at the Grand Ole Opry on May 16, saying Brill is excited would be an understatement. “I know it’s going to be pivotal for me. I’ll probably be a jittery mess, but I’m anticipating it and ready to play. I have a ton of family coming in for it.”
So what does the soulful singer who commands the stage with her presence hope to accomplish in the future? “I’d love to perform in France. I got my degree in French when I graduated from Belmont University in Nashville. I spent a summer there and speak French relatively fluently at this point, so it’d be fun to go over there and actually use my degree,” she joked.
In the long run, Logan Brill is looking to continue to climb the ladder of success, and shine even brighter as a performer. “I hope to keep moving upwards, maybe come back to Stagecoach and play the Mane Stage. I’d love to play at any stage I can get people at and continue to make music that I’m proud of that inspires myself and other people,” concluded Brill.