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Ride

by Andy Logan

Songwriting perfectionist Andy Logan “rides” again with this superb second solo effort. Each song plays like an audio movie, imbued with integrity, soul, and a bit of nostalgia.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Ominous
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2. Low
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3. Halfway There
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4. Soul Inspiration
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5. Move A Little Faster
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6. Ride
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7. Ghosts
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8. Battleground
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9. Na Na Na
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10. Behind The Curtain
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11. Mississippi
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12. Help, Mr. Wizard
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13. Til We Meet
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14. (bonus track) Mushrooms
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"I was very surprised a few years ago when I discovered that Andy Logan from the band LITTLE AMERICA (a real faveband of mine) was out with a brand new solo album. I gave the album a really good review cause it was worth every penny of the investment.
Now it's time for Andy to follow up "Last Dance On The Wild Frontier" and musically he's taken the music down to a more rootsy and swampy sounding album and it suits him well.
If I should try to explain for you what type of music we're talkin about, I could say that we have a mixture of Matthew Ryan, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle and Paul Westerberg in the man and his album.
The lovely 'Halfway There' is one little pearl, the acoustic based 'Ride' with a touch of Jayhawks another, and 'Battleground', with an album progressive 70's undertone added to the sound, is also a damn good tune. And there are plenty more on here.
The album is also an album that grows with each listen and when you hear Andy's raspy and naked voice singing the refrain to 'Behind The Curtain', you can't do anything else than love the man and his music." Par Winberg, Melodic.net



"Logan managed to up his game with Ride. There's just a tad more grit on this album, which is how I like it. In fact, he kicks things off on the gritty side with "Ominous". Wasting no time in grabbing the listener by the shirt collar, Logan enlists the help of the iconic Ed King on this dark, rocking number. Ed lends his chops again on another track, "Help, Mr. Wizard", though it's a decidedly perkier tune.

Logan rarely lets one down when he tackles the blues. Two such songs, "Low" and "Move A Little Faster" are standout tracks. The syncopated rhythms of "Mississippi" also carry a blues vibe that usually leads to hitting the repeat button on the CD player. Of course, Logan doesn't leave us without another top notch ballad. "Ghosts" is a masterful bit of melancholy that, once again, displays Andy's talent as a wordsmith." - East Bank



“Move A Little Faster”- Finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition, reaching the top twelve in Blues. There were over 15,000 entries.

“Battleground”- Semi-Finalist in AAA/Americana category. Same year, same competition.

“Behind The Curtain”-Semi-Finalist in AAA/Americana category in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition.



As we (to use the cliche) “journey through life”, we amass a host of experiences, some good, some bad, and many simply mundane. Andy Logan explores some of these different experiences and emotions in “Ride”, paying careful attention to leave out the mundane.
There’s anger (Ominous), sadness (Low), love (Soul Inspiration), lust (Move A Little Faster), reflection (Ghosts), transition (Behind The Curtain), and death (Til We Meet), to name a few.
A self-described recluse, Andy Logan is a bit odd, or at least anachronistic. He drives a 1968 Mustang, has three working antique rotary phones in his house, a vast record collection, and has, with his wife Alison, restored their bathroom to exactly how it was back in 1928 (When the house was built). What little TV he does watch is on an old black and white. He has a passion for old radio shows, refuses to own a cell phone, and rides (as the cd attests) a vintage Schwinn bicycle. Most importantly though, Andy Logan records to tape. “It’s a lost art”, Andy says. “But if I want those vocals to sound warm enough and those acoustic guitars to sound fat enough, I have to use tape.”
In recording “Ride”, Andy plays most of the instruments himself, leaning heavily on his ’71 Gibson SG custom for the electric guitar work, and his old Ibanez for the acoustic stuff. Kurt Custer (Steve Earle, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little America) again plays drums, and Lynyrd Skynyrd icon Ed King demonstrates some of his finest slide work since “The Ballad of Curtis Lowe”. Nashville symphony violinist Kristi Seehafer, and bassist Paul Slivka (Tommy Conwell and The Young Rumblers) also add dramatic touches to the musical landscape.
Slightly bluesier than his first solo cd, “Last Dance On The Wild Frontier” (thanks to Logan’s obsession with R.L. Burnside, Free, and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac), “Ride” nevertheless has some very melodic pop sensibilities as well, and because of its eclectic nature, should simply be filed under “Really damn good”.

Courtney McGrath, wavephile

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RIDE takes me on a ride --- gives me "Soul Inspiration"
I've listened to RIDE several times now. When I'm down, I put it on. When I'm happy I put it on. Every time I listen, I seem to find even deeper feelings connected with a particular song and it's lyrics. With the political climate of today and the talking heads of politicians and the "question" of global warming while we are driving SUVs and paying the oil companies through the death of young guys over in Iraq, "Ominous", says to me, I don't have to buy it. "Low" , we've all been there. "Halfway There" ,beautiful guitar and melodic vocals, layered upon the bluesy soulful sadness typical of many Logan songs. Great slide guitar in "Move A Little Faster". The title song "Ride" - I have to press replay about 5 or 6 times at least. The soul and sincerity in this album is so "real" , not sure how else to put it. The talent in this album is unmatched. The truth of life is right here, though sometimes painful, never without the highs that keep us going.
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Jim Lawson

Fantastic follow-up to "Last Dance"
Sometimes, the 2nd CD of an artist is disappointing after a great 1st CD. This was not...it is incredible. Andy's talent is apparent throught - great songs, great immagination. A+
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jen

Timeless
He’s done it again, folks.

Andy Logan’s solo sophomore effort is timeless. Andy seamlessly blends his rugged and raspy voice over chord after chord of emotion, heartbreak, hope, and yes, darkness. It’s raw and exposed. You can hear it in every guitar strum, and with the woefully beautiful pitch of his voice. Andy’s not trying to make it big, and make a buck…he’s already done that. This is who he is. Andy Logan doesn’t write and record music because he just likes to; I think he has to.

This CD weaves a tapestry of light and darkness, through dark chords, and a luminous soul. There’s blackness, and there’s joy. There’s a long for innocence, for a time past. There is optimism. There is history. There are ghosts. This is Andy Logan.

As far as a *review*, I’m worthless at saying who I’d compare it to, and where he reveres his musical influences. I’m not going to compare it to anything…because I can’t. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard.

I’m just a girl listening to a record. I can only tell you how it makes me feel.

“Soul Inspiration” makes me smile. It’s love.

“Move a little faster” makes me rock back and forth and makes me feel like I’m in a smoky blues bar listening to someone with so much sincere soul that it makes my heart swell.

“Behind the Curtain” makes me cry. I know what it’s like to take care of someone that used to take care of me. He’s captured the honor, and the sadness. Effortlessly, it would seem.

“Help Mr. Wizard” A pop number about real life. If you can think of a better lyric than “my back is against the writing on this wall”, you’re lying.

“Battleground” is such a beautiful soft song about such a dark subject. You’ll find yourself singing along with your hand out of your car window, without even realizing the the subject of the dismal reality of war…now and then, and yet, Andy makes it ethereal. Sad and soft, at the same time.

Andy has a rare gift. Andy makes it painfully and joyfully clear in this musical biography, that he knows fear. And that he has hope. There is fear. There is regret. There are ghosts. I have them. Don’t you? There’s also love. And a lot of it.

Do yourself a favor. Add this to your collection. You’ll not have any regret.
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