New Album Golden State is a Dazzling Meditation on the Human Condition Filtered Through the Lens of the California Myth - Out Today
Produced by Three-Time GRAMMY Winner Shooter Jennings
Listen to new single ‘Some Misty Morning’, featuring Erin Rae
Upcoming Appearances Include Grand Ole Opry Debut, AmericanaFest, and October Run with Vincent Neil Emerson
Today, Logan Ledger releases his second album Golden State, a ruminative and graceful 10-song collection steeped in many of the ineffable qualities embodied by California: wild-eyed idealism, uneasy predictability, and the infinite promise of rebirth and renewal.
Produced by three-time GRAMMY winner Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Turnpike Troubadours, Tanya Tucker), Golden State marks a stylistic departure from the timeless country noir of Ledger’s critically lauded, self-titled 2020 debut. The album features performances by Cage the Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath, pedal-steel player Russ Pahl (Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson), Jennings’ longtime bassist Ted Russell Kamp and drummer Jamie Douglass, and Jennings himself (on piano, Wurlitzer, organ, and celeste), dreaming up a lush and spirited sound partly inspired by the California country-rock scene of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Mainly recorded live at the famed Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the result is a sublime setting for Ledger’s meditation on loss and despair and the search for transcendence.
One of Golden State’s most mesmerizing moments, ‘Some Misty Morning’, a luminous duet between Ledger and singer/songwriter Erin Rae, is available today as a single. Ledger reflects, “I tend to write songs that can be interpreted either spiritually or secularly, so that song could be either about looking forward to the afterlife or about waiting for a reunion with someone you love.” Listen to it HERE.
“Making this record really reinforced that I don’t ever want to do the same thing twice,” Ledger said. “In the future, I might make a crazy Western swing record or an ‘80s country-pop record, but no matter what I do, I always want to combine different eras and styles and come up with these strange hybrids. I’m not much of a purist and I don’t have any interest in just repeating the past,” he laughs. “I guess we’ll see what the future has in store.”
Praise for Golden State:
“Like its predecessor, Golden State distills a variety of roots influences with some echoes of pop — fitting for an artist who also loves the 1960s Los Angeles sounds of Phil Spector, The Wrecking Crew, The Beach Boys — to create a style and sensibility that are familiar yet fresh. Golden State, however, is more suffused with an elegant melancholy that reflects the bruised romanticism and existential angst at the heart of Ledger’s exquisitely crafted compositions.”
“These effortlessly melodic tunes and Ledger’s rich performance sound familiar. It’s the mark of quality songwriting, near-perfect production, and an artist comfortable in his own unique talents.”
“Golden State is a stunning piece of work that endears itself more with every play and has already zoomed into my best of the year list.”
Country Music People
“For many, Logan Ledger is on the short list of the greatest modern singers in the country and roots space. Though that might sound like hyperbole to some, it’s not to those who’ve heard him sing.”
Saving Country Music
Later this month, Ledger will make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage, closely followed by appearances at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville and the BeachLife Ranch Festival in Redondo Beach, CA. In October, he will join Vincent Neil Emerson for a series of dates in the western United States. Further tour plans will be announced next week.