|Announces New Album|
A Paean to California, Out September 8 on Rounder
Produced by Three-Time GRAMMY Winner Shooter Jennings
Listen to First Single
Watch Ledger’s Performance of ‘Golden State’
for Western AF HERE
US Tour with Vincent Neil Emerson Kicks Off May 31
Today, singer, songwriter, and musician Logan Ledger has anounced his second studio album Golden State, due for release on September 8, 2023. Ledger enlisted three-time GRAMMY winner Shooter Jennings to produce the album, which is the follow-up to his self-titled 2020 debut.
To accompany today’s announcement, Ledger has released the new single and title track ‘Golden State’. Listen to it HERE.
Centered on a soulful vocal performance that telegraphs both weariness and hope, ‘Golden State’ illuminates Ledger’s rare gift for expressing complex existential questions with a poignant simplicity.
Western AF captured a live session with Ledger after his recent appearance at the Stagecoach Festival. Watch the performance of ‘Golden State’, which premiered today HERE
The second full-length from singer/songwriter Logan Ledger, Golden State is steeped in so many of the ineffable qualities embodied by California: wild-eyed idealism, uneasy unpredictability, the infinite promise of rebirth and renewal.
In keeping with the refined ingenuity first revealed on his T Bone Burnett-produced self-titled debut, the Bay Area-raised, Nashville-based musician also leans into California’s legacy of restless reinvention, continually cross-pollinating his vast reservoir of influences to create entirely unexpected musical idioms (including, at one point, a glorious collision of British folk and rowdy surf rock). Anchored in his captivating baritone and poetic lyricism, Golden State ultimately matches Ledger’s rich sense of history with an unfettered originality, arriving at a body of work both elegantly composed and endlessly surprising.
Golden State marks a stylistic departure from the timeless country noir of Ledger’s critically lauded debut. This time around, Ledger worked with musicians like Cage The Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath, pedal-steel player Russ Pahl (Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers), Shooter Jennings’s 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 layered meditations on loss and despair and the search for transcendence.
Later this month, Ledger will join Vincent Neil Emerson for a run of US dates along the west coast, with additional shows in Phoenix, Albuquerque, Tucson, and El Paso. This summer, he will appear at a number of US music festivals including FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, Red Ants Pants, and Pickathon. A full list of confirmed shows are here, and further tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks.
Golden State Track Listing:
There Goes My Mind
Till It Feels Right
All the Wine in California
Midnight in L.A.
Some Misty Morning (featuring Erin Rae)
Court of Love
I’m Not Here
Where Will I Go
OVER THE LEDGER