bones in the desert

Jack Logan #1329

Jack Logan is known for his comics as much as his music, starting with his “Pete Buck Superhero” series in the 1980s.  While the reluctant hero of the series may not have warmed to the idea right away, R.E.M. fans in Atlanta flocked to local record stores for the cult-series comic, which was kept in the glass case at check out, full of thumbprints from everyone who just wanted to see it.  Logan never stops creating, and his most recent album is with noted luthier, Scott Baxendale of Baxendale Guitar in Athens (formerly, Colorado).  Logan accurately describes his vocals, include the Elvis Costello-ish “Lounge Downtown” and “Erased,” references a part of Athens called Normaltown, all through a filter of psychedelic rock and “Athens rock.”  If you don’t crack up listening to “Run For Your Life,” you probably did not find Pulp Fiction funny, either.  (You might not know the local connotation, but in Athens, it’s “see you at the rock show.”)  With guest appearances from several former & current members of the Drive-By Truckers, this rock record may not be on your radar, but needs to be in your collection.

Liner Notes

Jack Logan & Scott Baxendale

This is a fantastic record from a couple names you might not readily recognize unless you are from Georgia, but they are locally legendary.

Jack Logan is a noted musician, but I first knew of him for his off-beat comics that I bought at Fantasyland Records in Atlanta, especially the Peter Buck (“Pete”) as superhero ones. Baxendale is part of the amazing guitar-makers, Baxendale Guitar.

From the liner notes:
Indie Rock Legend Jack Logan and Guitarist and guitar maker Scott Baxendale collaborate with members of Drive-By Truckers to create a driving, at times swampy guitar record with a dark and eclectic Southern perspective.

Jack Logan is back with his 12th studio album since his debut solo album in 1994. A debut album with an astonishing 42 songs, Bulk gained notoriety for the sheer size of the release– unfortunately more so than the quality of the songwriting. To be fair, it was a lot of work for Twin/Tone Records (home of The Replacements early releases) honcho Peter Jesperson to take 600 recordings made from 1979 to 1993 and distill them to only 42 songs! From the Bulk liner notes Jesperson says, “I went for the best songs and for what was most representative of the variety of styles. It seemed to be the only way to put across what Logan was all about.” Since that time Jack’s sporadic releases have bounced between record labels and self-released– even spending a very brief time on a major label for the 1999 album Buzz Me In.

Logan has a very supportive and talented group of friends he regularly counts on to join him on– in his words– “compulsive recording.” For Jack’s new album titled Bones in the Desert, he partners with Scott Baxendale who brought music with an Exile on Main Street-flavored blend of moody melancholia and cranky guitar rock. Considering that portions of Logan’s recorded output often resemble a belligerent Perry Como fronting the Rolling Stones, it is a comfortable fit. In addition to being a songwriter and guitarist, Baxendale is probably best known as being a top-notch luthier whose custom guitars are in the hands of musicians like the guys in Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Will Dailey, Butch Walker, Mick Jones of the Clash, and