It’s been three years since the East Nashville native Logan Brill last released new music, with the fantastic album Shuteye, which I serendipitously heard her perform for the first time at C2C in March 2017. So I’m proper giddy that not only do we have a new track from Logan, we have two: Good Story and Giving Up. I feel like I’m in an actual record store, buying a vinyl single, with potential for Side B to equal, if not rival Side A.
And Logan Brill has delivered again – the kind of adventures and heartaches you yearn for.
First up for review is the up tempo bass and banjo-infused Good Story, telling of adventurous escapades involving, variously, beer, handcuffs, boredom and friendships. The song demonstrates the signature ease with which she delivers fast-paced lyrics, such as ‘always starts with hey y’all watch this/always ends with oh man! Oh shit.’ We’ve all been there. And that’s Logan’s strength – reaching out to listeners through her musical storytelling. She knows we’ve been there, she’s been there, and you know what? It’s all good. Speaking of which, I’m going to need a t-shirt printed with this song’s defining lyric, ‘if you don’t wake up dead/then it made a good story’.
And then we slow down for a minute for the beautiful and bluesy Giving Up. Logan has previously performed this to a stunned audience at gigs, and the powerful ballad sits comfortably on her set list.
I love the lyricism of this Jacob Powell and Randy Montana co-write: ‘giving in getting in my car, George Strait singing baby Run on the radio/ I can find it blindfolded in the dark’. Don’t you just love the colourful display of alliterative language features? This song, based on Logan’s experience, delivers on her also signature heartbreak theme – she had me right from the 2015 Shuteye’s Don’t Pick it Up (a co-write with Brent Cobb and Neil Medley). On Giving Up, Logan’s soulful vocals are echoed to great effect by an electric guitar and chart the aches within a relationship; ‘open the screen door, knock on your front door just to tell you/ I’m giving up on giving up on you’.
And the repeat button is pressed again.
Bring on the new album, please, especially if it includes the UK remix of Walk of Shame.