About six weeks ago, I was in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., I went down for Dolly’ Parton’s 25th annual parade. Of course Dolly was there, and the weekend proved to be a really fun time for all the visitors to both Dollywood, and the surrounding Smoky Mountain tourist towns as well.
I went to Gatlinburg, which is only about 10 minutes from Pigeon Forge. And that night, I saw a young lady performing on the streets of Gatlinburg. I stopped briefly and listened. I got her name. I looked at her website, and I had every intention of doing an article about Logan Murrell — but, you know what they say about intentions.
Now, I’m going to do it. I had the privilege of seeing Logan again last night. She was performing right here in my neck of the woods, at the Johnson City Blue Plum Festival. And this time, she was not on the side of the highway with a guitar, mike stand and small amp. She was on the Market Street Stage, performing to what I would consider a pretty good crowd for a festival stage.
The reason so many people were there to listen became obvious when Logan started to sing. Some of the people had heard her before and were anxiously awaiting last night’s show. Others stopped to watch and listen when they heard her sing. But no one walked away during her performance.
The 14-year old Knoxville, Tenn., resident looked like she had been doing this all her life. And in a way, she has. She has been performing for more than half her life, and has done shows at Country Tonight in Pigeon Forge, and Old Smoky Hoedown. She recently did a concert at O’Dell Williams Community College in Shallotte, N.C., and she has four albums, which you can order through her web site.
We heard a little of everything from Logan last night. She started with a Beatles song, did a little Doobie Brothers, did an old Jim Croce song, and a few Patsy Cline and other country songs. She closed her show with Lee Ann Womack’s “There Is a God.” A petite blond, a microphone, a guitar, and a lot of really good music!
She signed autographs after the show at her merchandise table. She posed for pictures with fans. She did everything right. Her personality shines, and the reason she sings is because she really wants to. This was the perfect way to spend a Saturday night, and I’m hoping we get Logan back again sometime soon.
I did some taping of Logan’s performance last night, but I don’t have them downloaded yet – so I’m going to share a video from her web site. It’s “The Climb,” and she really did a great job with it! I’ll be getting some up from her show last night soon.
That’s all for this morning. I hope you all have a great Sunday! I”ll talk to you soon.
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