Logan Springer and the Wonderfully Wild

Logan Springer and the Wonderfully Wild2023-01-27T17:59:29+00:00

Project Description

Similar Artists: Drive by Truckers, Drivin N Cryin, The Bottle Rockets

In 2021 Logan Springer released his debut album, “Coyote – – ‘kī-yōte.” Since that release, he’s expanded a full band with The Wonderfully Wild. The current lineup includes Ben Schwind (bass guitar, backing vocals), Murray Lee Rice (piano, organ, guitar), and Tom Swanson (lead guitar, backing vocals). The band has opened for Mike and the Moonpies, Alex Williams, and The Ghost of Paul Revere.

RELEASES

Crow (Album)
Release Date: March 3, 2023

Logan Springer & the Wonderfully Wild announces the release of their Americana Rock album, Crow,” on March 3. Told around seasonal imagery and rural Midwest landscapes, “Crow” centers around navigating life in an uncertain world and the untold stories of rural, blue-collar life – the real problems Springer, his family, and neighbors have had. The crow represents the state of paranoia and confusion a lot of the world is living in today due to the pandemic, political divide, general misinformation, and unsupported mental health issues that affect countless people. 

“Crow” extends the theme of misunderstood animals that first occurred on Springer’s solo album, “Coyote – ‘kī-yōte.” Crows are thought to be dirty, trash birds when, in reality, they are incredibly intelligent and capable of learning. Springer says, “Your typical country song is like the social media of music; it only shows the good parts. I want to show what life out in the middle is really like, without all of the polish.”

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“Greenbacks & Gold” (Single)
Release Date: January 25, 2023

“A touch of the sinister and a lot of relatable desperation mark this song.” – Americana Highways 

Logan Springer & the Wonderfully Wild announces the release of their Americana Rock single, “Greenbacks and Gold” on January 25. It’s off the album Crow” due out March 3. A take on the anti-work movement, the song revolves around the idea of no longer dedicating your life to working for “the man” without being able to get ahead or partaking in the fruits of one’s labor.

“Greenbacks and Gold” tells the story of a blue-collar strip mine/gravel pit worker who is fed up with breaking his back for the profits of “The Man” who only takes from his town and keeps the workers on the verge of destitution. Romanticizing stickin’ it to the man, the narrator plans to rob the bank the strip mine uses to hold their profits. Springer says, “Growing up, I heard a lot of conversations like this; a lot of laborers are disillusioned by working their lives away for a big corporation but realized they have no other options.”  Read more

Bio

Logan Springer and the Wonderfully Wild embrace their Midwest roots to create Heartland Americana steeped in the amalgamation of country and rock. Lyrically they lean towards the Country storyteller, while musically, they swing from Bluegrass’ish, Country, Southern Rock to fuzzy Blues. 

Logan Springer and the Wonderfully Wild’s Midwest background informs their mission to make a style of music that is uniquely Midwestern. Springer felt like an observer, never feeling accepted  or part of the story where he was raised. Because of that, he focuses on how he imagines people from his area feel and talk, getting the manner of speech correct to the Midwest.

The group's influences range from Neil Young to John Steinbeck, with songs that tell the story of the Midwest – storms crossing the plains, long, painful winters, backwoods hideouts, and searching for a place to call home. These themes arise from Springer's upbringing on a share crop farm in rural central Illinois, where the struggles and beauties impact the imagery and stories within their songs. Springer's main inspiration comes from his raising and trying to understand why people from where he’s from do what they do and why they make the decisions they make, right or wrong. By capturing the everyday lives of Americans, he attempts to turn the mundane into something interesting. Springer says, "I believe we as a society overlook some amazing stories because they’re not shiny or fancy enough for people to care.  Life is beautiful and tragic all the time. Pain is pain; it’s all relative."  

Leaving the farm to attend college in Iowa, followed by a circuitous route living in DC and St. Louis opened his eyes to the rest of the country and world, eventually making his way back home to the Midwest. Springer says, "Living in different parts of the country, not just visiting, has given me the ability to vocalize what I’m seeing and feeling. It’s given me more than just a rural point of view." 

Springer is, at heart, a farm boy but doesn’t go the obvious route toward Country music.  While it is at the core of his writing tendencies lyrically, it was a conscious decision to move more towards the rock side of Americana. Springer says, “In our corner of the world, people are either a fan of Country music or Classic Rock music; I wanted to skirt that line and hopefully appeal to both sides.”

In 2021 Logan Springer released his debut album, “Coyote.” Since that release, he’s expanded a full band with The Wonderfully Wild. The current lineup includes Ben Schwind (bass guitar, backing vocals), Murray Lee Rice (piano, organ, guitar), and Tom Swanson (lead guitar, backing vocals). The band has opened for Mike and the Moonpies, Alex Williams, and The Ghost of Paul Revere.

They will release their upcoming album, “Crow,” in early 2023.

"If Coyote- 'kī-yōte' is just Springer’s beginning, born out of and produced during an endless pandemic winter, it’s a first howl worth hearing."

Avery Gregurich, Little Village

"A touch of the sinister and a lot of relatable desperation mark this song." - Americana Highways

Melissa Clarke, Americana Highways

TOUR DATES

Feb 3 - KJ’s Hideaway, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Feb 4 - The Lift, Dubuque, IA

March 3 - Redstone Room - Davenport, IA (Album Release Show)

March 11 - Wildwood Saloon - Iowa City, IA (Album Release Show)

April 1 - Stable Music Hall, Bloomington

April 7 -  Fox Den Motel - Dubuque, IA doors @ 7:00

May 5 - The Village Theatre - Davenport, IA @ 7:00

June 3 - Food Truck Fight - Galena, IL @ 2:30pm