Op het album krijgen we de full band version. Voorafgaand laat Halstead ons echter de volledig stripped versie horen en daar kan ik enkel maar blij om zijn. Volledig in lijn dus met de eerder uitgebrachte singles. Heerlijke traditionele country met enkel gitaar en zang als focuspunten.
Dark Black Coal verschijnt op 5 mei 2023 via Thirty Tigers.
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Born in Kentucky and raised in West Virginia, it's no surprise that Halstead draws influence from like-minded peers Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson, but he has also found inspiration in the work of Nicholas Jamerson and Cole Chaney. "All these folks mentioned have laid a path and shown that it's okay to be from these parts; we're not so looked down on anymore,” says Halstead. The aforementioned contemporaries have given him the ability to be proud of who he is, and that has led him to be a driving force in the scene of young artists from the Appalachian region.
"Coal River is a sort of ballad I wrote about Boone County, and it relates all around Appalachia,” says Halstead. “For generations our families have gave their life to the mines. It ties in with ‘Dark Black Coal’ as a warning call to all the kids like me."
Halstead wrote and released his first song “Dark Black Coal” at just 15 years old and has already amassed over 5 million views on YouTube. Rothman was immediately moved by Halstead’s lyrics and knew instantly how he wanted to produce the proper sound for Halstead’s stories to be told. Rothman states, “Logan’s songs are far older than he is. His voice hit my heart muscle hard, there is so much living in the resonance of his singing but so much youth at the same time.”
The success of Halstead’s first single, “Dark Black Coal” has allowed him to build a great fan base through YouTube, touring, and opening for artists like Zach Bryan, Charles Wesley Godwin, Town Mountain, and many more. With the record released over a year after he recorded the album, OurVinyl came into his life at the perfect time. In a collaboration with OurVinyl, Logan released a taste of his upcoming project with a four-song EP that has amassed over 120,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.