Logan Mize

He’s a new voice for every man. Actually, make him an honest new voice for
every man. That would be country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Logan
Mize.
Just listen to his current single “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time,” It’s no
wonder the song is burning up the charts on SiriusXM’s The Highway. You can
catch the video on his website, loganmize.com.
The anticipation is building, particularly since Mize spent a good part of 2013
behind the camera in a couple of high profile turns on the small screen. The
Kansas native serendipitously found himself guest starring in two nationally watched
TV appearances that undoubtedly introduced him to new audiences.
He ended up in a widely viewed “Fabric Of Our Life” cotton commercial with
Hayden Panettiere of ABC-TV’s lauded Nashville. Mize and his band are shown
performing on stage at Music City’s legendary Station Inn. But there’s more: Mize
played himself and sang, also with his band, in a recent episode of The CW’s hit
drama Hart of Dixie starring Rachel Bilson.
Mize, 28, saw both tube assignments as great ways to trumpet his debut national
CD release, 2012’s Nobody In Nashville, an auspicious 10 song collection that
highlights Mize’s rugged voice, his earthy songs and his ability to merge
mainstream country with front porch rock ‘n’ roll.
‘I was just happy to get the gigs,” Mize said about the TV exposure. “I was real
excited about them. It helped promote Nobody In Nashville. The commercial with
Hayden was more just fun, singing some songs for a commercial. We were just
playing the songs while she was shooting the commercial.”
About Hart of Dixie, he has this to say: “I just played myself in the series. I had no
lines but I was in a battle of the bands club scene and I won the battle of the
bands.”
Making Nobody In Nashville, which is the follow-up to Mize’s very independent,
regional 2009 self-titled first effort, was a musically organic experience. The disc
was released on Big Yellow Dog Music, the imprint of his publishing company. It
is an earthy project that puts the emphasis on Mize’s voice, guitar playing and
songs. Unpolished gems include “State Of Your Heart,” “Hey Carolina,”
“Sunflowers,” “Good Life” and the autobiographical “Rock N Roll Band.”
“It wasn’t auto-tuned or anything,” Mize said about Nobody In Nashville. “The
vocals are really raw. There are parts where I cringe a little bit. It’s a really dry
sounding record, but I like it because it’s really simple. We didn’t hire the biggest
names in Nashville. We kept it very grassroots.”
There are no artifices. Mize’s real guy-next-door demeanor is exactly the reason
why Nobody In Nashville garnered immediate attention from Roughstock, The
Boot, Billboard.com, Keepin’ It Country, and M Music & Musicians magazine. He
also has a fan in country and pop superstar LeAnn Rimes, who not only tweeted
about Mize’s new single, “Used Up,” but also invited him to open her recent
shows in Europe. Award-winning country vocal group Little Big Town also blew
up Twitter with praise for Mize’s “Used Up.”
No stranger to touring, Mize delivers a blistering live show with his commanding
onstage presence. He has opened shows for headlining household names Lady
Antebellum, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band,
Blake Shelton, Billy Currington and Pat Green.
That’s pretty lofty company for the kid born in Wichita, Kansas who grew up in
nearby Clearwater immersed in the music of Tom Petty, Elton John, Alan
Jackson, Garth Brooks, The Wallflowers, Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and Stone
Temple Pilots.
“If it sounded good to me, I would listen to it,” Mize said about his eclectic
musical tastes. “I am a song guy. There is no bias. I like it all.”
His arms-open-wide philosophy extends into family, naturally. Mize, who is
married to country singer-songwriter Jill Martin and has a 2-year-old son Lincoln,
slowly soaked himself in the history of his great uncle Billy Mize. The elder Mize,
now 84, is considered a pioneer in the Bakersfield country sound that emerged in
California and was popularized by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Mize didn’t
learn of his revered kin until he was in his early 20s.
“When I found out about him I really researched the Bakersfield sound. Buck
Owens was in Billy’s band. He also got Merle Haggard recognized. He was a
behind-the-scenes guy.”
Logan Mize, however, is not only behind a microphone; he’s also in front of the
cameras. In characteristically every man fashion he’s getting priceless VIP
attention.