LIMA — For every musician that makes it big, there are thousands toiling in anonymity, working the bar circuit.
Logan Ross is one of those musicians from the area who hits the stage every weekend for the love of music, his music, in hopes of making a name for himself.
Saturday night, The Meeting Place on Market hosted an album release party featuring original recordings by the Columbus Grove native.
“I’ve been playing music, pretty much, since I was 12 or 13, (I’ve) played in bands in high school and stuff and moved away for a couple of years and ran into some people in the music around this area and then I started playing regionally about five years ago,” Ross said. “I’ve been playing the bar circuit in Putnam, Allen and Hancock counties.”
He credits local musician Omar Zehery for getting him into the recording studio.
“I was a big fan of his band (Hit the Lights) when I was in high school. He took me up to the studio and wanted to hear some of my songs, and that’s kind of how all of this got started,” Ross said. “That was like two or three years ago.”
Ross’s debut album is “Ghosts, Myths & Me”.
“It’s kind of a collection of all of the songs that I’ve written in the past handful of years, and there’s some really old songs on there that I wrote when I was like 18, 19. We curated a selection of 10 songs from my catalog and decided to put a record together. The ‘Ghosts, Myths & Me’ is a nod to some of the subject matter of the songs on the record, so we had a group of songs, and we built the narrative around it,” said Ross.
So how would Ross describe his music?
“When anybody asks, I usually say folk or Americana. Lots of people would consider it country music, and I’m not afraid of that either. I like the country stuff too, but folk is pretty close,” Ross said.
Many of his inspirations lie in country music.
“I like all of the classic country guys. There’s a whole bunch of bands that have been really influential to me like ‘Manchester Orchestra,’ ‘The Decemberists’ and even local guys around here that kind of took me under their wing, like the ‘Nashville Crush’ guys and the ‘Brother Believe Me’ dudes and all of these guys around here really kind of kept me going and showed me the ropes,” said Ross.
You can pick up “Ghosts, Myths & Me” from Rustgaze Records on Bandcamp or at his concerts. For more information, visit his website, www.loganrossmusic.com.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.