Jack Logan Survives Label Tumult For New Album, Tour

Acclaimed Southern songsmith Jack Logan returns to store shelves this week with "Buzz Me In," which is finally being released after his former label, Restless Records, balked at issuing the album back in 1997.

Logan's previous albums, including last year's stately collaboration with Bob Kimbell on "Little Private Angel," have all been predominantly low-fi affairs, and some were recorded in friends' kitchens and basements.

But the sessions for "Buzz Me In" were held at Casino Studios (owned and operated by former Coolies singer Clay Harper) and was produced by the Clash's former manager, Kosmo Vinyl. Logan says the controlled setting helped "produce a more grown-up record," and friends such as Vic Chesnutt and Drivin' N' Cryin's Kevn Kinney would regularly stop by to pitch in with their contributions.

"Looking back at those times," Logan told MTV News Online, "I think it's amazing that we were able to pull it together considering the bad experiences we were going

through with Restless, which was being bought out by Regency Pictures. When [Restless] said they weren't going to release it, I was like, 'Oh well, it's time to get out of here."

Logan has since signed on with Capricorn Records. The label bought the album outright from Restless, which considered releasing "Buzz Me In" without the singer's support. But regardless of the legal problems, Logan says he's proud of the old-new album, which he considers his strongest one yet.

"That was the whole thing about these songs as we were recording them," Logan explained. "We all knew they were pretty good. Everyone we played it for was supportive, and I really think that tracks like 'All Grown Up' show how much fun we had making the album."

Logan credits much of the eccentric, yet decidedly more polished sounds of "Buzz Me In" to Kosmo, who wanted to work with Logan after a friend passed along a copy of Logan's 1994 double album debut, "Bulk." For the new record, Kosmo arranged

many of the songs from the demo tapes that Logan would bring in from his vast collection of unreleased material.

"With Clay's help, we were able to get a sweetheart of a deal on the studio," Logan said, "but some of my fondest memories from the studio are really of Kosmo just regaling us with these great stories regarding the Clash and the whole Stiff Records movement. It was a blast."

One of the oldest tracks on "Buzz Me In" is actually circa the same period as Kosmo's heyday with the Clash: "Gimme a Room" [RealAudio] dates back to when Logan was a student at Illinois State in the late '70s, and he believes that the song is among the first batch he ever wrote.

This week Jack Logan will launch a spring tour supporting "Buzz Me In." Here's where you can catch him:

  • 5/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
  • 5/16 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
  • 5/17 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
  • 5/18 - Washington,

    DC @ Black Cat

  • 5/19 - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. the Bears
  • 5/20 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
  • 5/21 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
  • 5/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Nick's
  • 5/24 - Cleveland, OH @ Euclid Tavern
  • 5/26 - Columbus, OH @ Little Brothers
  • 5/27 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
  • 5/28 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
  • 5/29 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • 5/30 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Oasis
  • 5/31 - Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
  • 6/2 - St. Louis, MO @ Side Door
  • 6/3 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Paw
  • 6/4 - Nashville, TN @ The Sutler
  • 6/5 - Birmingham, AL @ Nick's