Logan Brill’s second album, Shut Eye, features the gritty blues of title track ‘Shut Eye’, the country of ‘Far Cry from You’m the to roots of ‘Tupelo’ and the soft patina of revered old ballads ‘Wish You Loved Me’. We spoke to the Knoxville native about her experiences in 2016 and how 2017 is panning out.
I’m in the process of working on a new record right now, which I’m very excited about.
2016 - what will you look back on most fondly from the year?
I spent a good part of 2016 on the road, touring around the US and the UK. Most of my favorite memories are from touring, seeing new places and making new friends.
Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
My new year’s resolution this year was to try to branch out and make friends with more musicians and songwriters I admire. I tend to be a bit of a recluse sometimes, especially when I get home from being on the road, but there are so many people to collaborate with and learn from that I wanted to try and get out more to make those connections.
What was the biggest lesson you learnt in 2016 so far?
The biggest lesson I learned in 2016 is that change is hard but necessary. For me, last year was full of growing pains - both personally and as an artist. I feel like my music has evolved because of it.
What was the musical highlight of 2016?
Singing with Vince Gill at the Grand Ole Opry was a huge highlight of 2016.
What is your musical highlight of 2017 so far?
Touring in the UK and playing C2C festival are definitely some highlights of 2017!
Who are you excited to hear from in 2017?
I’m a big fan of an artist named Jillian Jacqueline. Her song-writing is stellar, and she recently released some new music that’s really fresh and unique. I’ve had it on repeat.
Tell us about the record you most recently released.
My latest record, Shut Eye, was released about two years ago in the US, but the songs are still as relevant to me as ever. I think a record is like picture of an artist’s life and mindset at the time it was released, and that’s true of Shut Eye to me. I’m in the process of working on a new record right now, which I’m very excited about.
If you had to pick three artists to be filed next to, who would they be and why?
Miranda Lambert, Charlie Worsham and Bonnie Raitt. All three artists are ones I admire because their music is unique and authentic. I hope I reflect that same authenticity in my music.
What inspired the record?
The record was inspired by a lot of things going on in my life at the time, along with some things that I saw my friends going through. I’ve always thought of myself as kind of an old soul, and I feel like the record is a snapshot of my early 20s seen through that lens.
Define your sound in five words.
Gritty, soulful, authentic…
If you could jam with one artist alive or dead, who would it be?
I mentioned Bonnie Raitt earlier, but I’d love to jam with her. She’s a huge influence of mine, so it would be really cool to collaborate with her.
If you could have written one song by another artist, what would it be?
Vienna by Billy Joel. Such a brilliant song.
Watch the video for ‘Shuteye’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates visit loganbrill.com.