This year’s Concert in the Park will feature Logan Mize. Concert in the Park will kick-off the Round-Up week on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and listen to some good music. Food trucks will also be available.
Logan Mize’s story began in Kansas. There, his family has been running Mize’s Thriftway, a local grocery, for over fifty years. From a young age, Logan worked unloading trucks and carrying groceries. But there was also music in the family – his great uncle Billy Mize was an architect of the ’60s Bakersfield Sound – and in the air, leading Logan in a different direction. After two “distracted” years in college, he dropped out and moved to Nashville. “A song plugger heard me at an open mike, invited me to play a song for Brett Jones, a songwriter who ran Wyoming Sky Music, and I had a deal by the end of the day.” While Jones championed Logan and helped shape his songwriting skills, the deal fell apart after a year. While he dug in on his craft and put his own band together, he worked a slew of jobs to support himself. In 2009, he landed a deal with publisher Big Yellow Dog, and released his first, self-titled album. Over the next decade and three more albums, he scored hit singles with “Ain’t Always Pretty” and “Better Off Gone” (which was recently certified Gold by the RIAA), logged over 350 million streams on different platforms, and toured constantly. Mize’s newest album, Welcome to Prairieville, is his most personal work to date. Since the release of this project, he reflects on what he hopes listeners will take away. “I hope listeners have a really good listening experience, and it makes them want to come see my show. I hope it inspires them in some way.”