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Five Questions with Logan Wall

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Five Questions with Logan Wall

Bo Kitzman

 

Logan Wall is a twenty-two-year-old Jackson native with an impeccable ear for melody. Not only can he write music well, but he is also a very talented singer-songwriter. Logan is currently studying audio engineering at MTSU, but he already has an enviable amount of studio experience as a player, engineer, and producer under his belt. One could say Logan is a Jack-of-all-trades when it comes to music, but you’d never know due to his humble nature. Remember his name because you’ll be hearing it regularly in the future.

Who are your biggest influences? I’d say my biggest influences as of right now are NEEDTOBREATHE, Ryan Adams, and Andrew Ripp. I’m also really into everything Chris Thile is doing, especially his stuff with Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. I actually draw a lot of influence from my buddies, too. I have some really talented friends who make some incredibly awesome music around town. I’m constantly adding artists to the list.

Who got you into music? My family got me interested in music. I’ve been listening to pianos and steel guitars since before I can remember. My dad’s entire side of the family is musically inclined, and I was blessed to grow up around just about every genre and instrument. I remember going to studios and live shows with my dad and uncles when I was little and getting to watch and listen to them play. I think that’s why I do studio stuff now—because it’s in my blood.

Songwriting is finding the right balance between a story and a poem.
— Logan Wall

What’s your favorite record and why? My favorite record? Geez. If we’re talking vinyls (and we should be), then I have two. I have this old Jerry Reed album (maybe a self-titled) that I love. That guy could fit a story in a song like no one else. Songwriting is finding the right balance between a story and a poem, and I learned a ton from the way he made that happen. The most current album I’m diggin’ on would be Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown’s “Wild Child.” It was mixed by my favorite engineer, Vance Powell, and is completely raw. I like the way it was recorded, the way it was mixed, and just the vibe that band gives off. Also, if you ever get the chance to see Tyler play in any venue, definitely take advantage. So much energy!

What or who has inspired most of your songs? I write a majority of my songs about two different topics. Not to box myself in, but because I feel very strongly about the experience I’ve picked up in both. I write about my faith, and I write about love, or lack thereof. I write about God because everything I have is on loan from him, and everything I do is for him. I write about romance because people relate really well to love/heartbreak songs. I know what it’s like to fall in love way too hard for your own good and feel like other people need to know they’re not alone in that stuff. You never know who’s listening or what they’re listening for.

. . . Burritos or tacos? Tacos. More precisely fish tacos from Baja Burrito. Way too good.


Contact Logan at loganryanwall@icloud.com if you’d like to have him produce or engineer your record.


Bo Kitzman is a senior at the University of Memphis' Lambuth Campus. Bo likes music and sports, but playing music is his favorite. You should buy Bo burritos. Bo loves burritos.

Header image by Cameron Arnold Photography.