By Emily Wagner
Logan Mize might be from a fly over state, but his music, and his latest album Still That Kid deserves more recognition.
With his Kansas roots, Mize gives his music a real grounded and authentic sound. It’s not those southern guys talking about duck hunting or catching crawfish, but the small town USA found under those Midwest skies.
Mize lays on the nostalgia in “Who Didn’t” the truest homage to that small town life, with lines about checking the temperature on the side of the bank, or of wooden spoons hanging in the kitchen. It may come off as too idyllic, but these towns, these people and way of life still exist.
In fact this entire album seems to be bred for that blue collar, hard working American. From the first track “American Livin’” to “Hometown” there’s a theme throughout the album of love and pride for the place you call home.
Out of the 13 songs on the album there are a couple duplicates. “Grew Apart” has a more contemporary sound to it that we don’t hear a lot on the album. Mize has two renditions, one with Donovan Woods, who was also a co-writer on the song, and also with Alexandra Kay. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, because Mize’s and Wood’s voices blend really well together, but the male/female dynamic adds something to the storytelling of the song.
Another duplicate is “I Ain’t Gotta Grow Up” which has been my personal anthem since it was released in 2019. We have the straight forward version, with just Mize, but he also recorded the song with Willie Jones, and if possible, this version amplifies the party even more. My personal favorite duet though is with Clare Dunn, “Get ‘Em Together.” It’s fun and flirty, a little gritty, and I think their voices are perfectly matched.
Many of the songs on the album were released throughout 2020, but there are a couple songs that the world hasn’t heard yet, and are some of the best ones on the album. So go check out “Gone Goes on and On” and “Practice Swing” the latter of which I would love to see get a chance at country radio.
Whether it’s a love song, love for your hometown, or love for a good time, Mize has a way of coming across so authentic in his songs, proving that country music isn’t just reserved for those living below the Mason Dixon Line.