Logan Ledger’s ‘Ripple’ Pays Loving Tribute to His Bay Area Roots
Upcoming US Festival Appearances Include Stagecoach, FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, Red Ants Pants, and Pickathon
Nashville-based, Bay Area-raised singer and songwriter Logan Ledger releases his new single, a heartfelt and deeply nostalgic cover of the beloved Grateful Dead standard ‘Ripple’.
LISTEN TO ‘RIPPLE HERE.
Ledger has been working with producer Shooter Jennings on the follow-up to his acclaimed self-titled debut, which was released in April 2020. As Ledger explains, ‘Ripple’ came together rather spontaneously during a recent recording session.
“I’ve long been a fan of the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. To me, Robert Hunter is basically the poet laureate of Marin County or something. ‘Ripple’ is, of course, one of the Dead’s best-known songs, and it has a kind of archaic zen folk mystery to it that I dig,” says Ledger. “I had been playing it with my friends Sam Grisman and Ric Robertson for a series of shows out in California.”
He recalls, “When it came time to make the record with Shooter, we were at Sunset one day and I just started playing around with it in the vocal booth. Shooter was like ‘we should record that,’ and I agreed that would be a fine idea—real spontaneous like that. I’m very fond of the recording we made together—the way Shooter’s piano weaves in gracefully just for that one little section, Nick Bockrath’s tremolo part which evokes David Grisman’s mandolin on the original, Russ Pahl’s blanket of hippie steel, Frank Rische’s beautiful harmony. It reminds me of home.”
Ledger will unveil some new material at his upcoming shows, including an appearance at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California later this month, and this summer at The Basement in Nashville, FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, Red Ants Pants Music Festival, and Pickathon. Further tour plans for 2023 will be announced in the coming weeks.
US Tour dates:
April 29, Stagecoach Music Festival, Indio, CA
June 29, The Basement, Nashville, TN
July 2, FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, Berwyn, IL
July 29, Red Ants Pants Music Festival, White Sulphur Springs, MT
August 3 – 6, Pickathon, Happy Valley, OR