Logan Mize moved to Nashville in 2006 from small town, Clearwater, Kansas to pursue his country music career. Leaving behind his spot on the football team at Southern Illinois University, he decided to give it all up to move to Nashville, where at one point, he temporarily lived out of his vehicle. Logan’s hard work, and dedication eventually started paying off. In 2009, he was signed a record deal with ‘Big Yellow Dog Music,’ and in 2012, his second full-length album ‘Nobody in Nashville’ was released.
He is most known for his singles, ‘Used up,’ and ‘Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.’ He’s also opened for big names such as, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Leann Rimes, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Blake Shelton, Stoney LaRue, and Hank Williams. You may have also seen Logan alongside Hayden Panettiere, in a ‘Fabric of Life’ commercial or featured in CW’s, ‘Hart of Dixie’ series. I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Logan here in Nashville, and here is what he had to say…
Q. I love your new single, ‘Used Up’ from your new album due out this Fall. I hear a fight with your wife inspired you to write this song. What do you take away from making this song, or what have you learned?
A. Haha. Yes, it’s from a fight with my wife, but she actually contributed to the lyrics and we got over it pretty quick. What I learned is that I need to have a good fight with my wife about once a week to keep my songwriting career alive.
Q. Do you have any stories behind any of your other songs?
A. Well, there’s usually a story behind all of em… My new single, ‘Can’t Get Away From a Good Time,’ was inspired by Jack Daniels in the coffee at 10 am.
Q. Do you write all of your songs?
A. Most of them. I’m not against cutting all outside songs if the right one’s come along though. I always feel more comfortable with my phrasing and lyric though because it feels more natural.
Q. You were a big football, and wrestling star in high school, and even went on to play college football at Southern Illinois University. Was there a defining moment when you decided to become a musician instead?
A. Yes. We were playing Western Michigan. There was 40,000 people there and it was live on ESPN 2. I got put in the game 2nd quarter as a sophomore and all I could think about was how much better it would be if I was playing a guitar and singing one of my songs for those people instead. I quit the next day.
Q. If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be?
A. Did I ever grow up?
Q. Have you had any crazy fan encounters?
A. I had a guy try to start a fight with me in a parking lot because I didn’t play , ‘Boys From Back Home’ in my set that night.
Q. Who would you most like to work with one day?
A. I’ll go with…..Jimmy Fallon, The President, and Jill Martin :)
Q. You have worked so hard to get where you are now. You have lived out of your Suburban, and slept in a friend’s laundry room. What advice can you share with future aspiring musicians?
A. Do it because you love it and can’t imagine doing anything else. If you want to make a name for yourself and get to the top as fast as you can, then don’t even waste your time. But, if you’re in it for the right reasons, never quit working at it and always try to improve your craft.
Q. How have your struggles factored in to who you are today?
A. I am a lot more level headed and down to earth than I probably was as an 18 year old that had little more than a dream. I got to learn the hard way what it means to work for something, and I still get to learn every day.
Q. Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?
A. Burger Republic
Q. Is there a side of you the public never sees?
A. I usually keep my pants on in public. Other than that, I’m an open book.
Q. You are in the middle of your tour, ‘Workin and Drinkin.’ After this tour ends, what is next for you?
A. Yes, just finished it up. Working on a record and about to head out for festival season this summer!
Q. How much time do you spend out on the road?
A. Around 100 shows plus travel days per year.
Q. How do you balance being a traveling musician, a husband, and a father? How hard is it for you?
A. It's definitely tough when I'm on the road, but when I'm home I'm 100% there. We have a great support system in Nashville so I always feel good knowing my family has a lot of good folks around to hang with.
Q. Who influenced you the most in your early years? How about now?
A. Mostly, Alan Jackson and Elton John....Tom Petty. I'm really open minded so I'll listen to anything....lately, it's The 1975.
Q. Do you attribute any of your success to anyone, or anything other than your hard work?
A. My entire family is extremely supportive. I'm very fortunate.
Q. When is the last time you laughed so hard, your stomach hurt?
A. On the ‘Working and Drinking’ tour we were breaking down left and right. We joked around a ton to cope with the stress. I haven’t laughed that much in a long time.
Q. What do you want your fans to know?
A. I wouldn't have a job without them. Thank you so much for keeping my employed another day!!!! I'm extremely appreciative.
If you want to find out more about Logan, you can click here. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube. Be sure to check out his new single ‘Can’t Get Away from a Good Time’ available on itunes.