Budding Country singer-songwriter Logan Ledger brought his honkey tonk charm and 60s Pop-inspired Californian sensibility to The Rivoli on November 10, warming a rain-soaked Toronto crowd on a grey Sunday evening. Supporting his debut EP, I Don’t Dream Anymore, an album backed by Nashville’s finest session players – the same troupe featured on Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s 2007 Grammy-winning Raising Sands – and produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett, Ledger eschewed the band in favor of a tasteful and endearing solo acoustic set.
Despite the likely career-making support of Burnett, Ledger presented as modest and gentle, as content to play a cozy backroom venue in Toronto as he might be to play the Ryman Auditorium in years to come. It was this wholesome persona, paired with elegant crooning harkening to a generation of Country singers 50 years his senior, that garnered a reception as warm and elegant as The Rivoli’s soft lighting shrouding Ledger in flickering marigold.
With his debut album expected to arrive in the coming year, Ledger is making his name much like his forebears Doc Watson, Johnny Cash, and Mississippi John Hurt: playing to the people in backrooms and bars in huddled celebration of the American musical tradition. Garnering the support of Nashville’s Country elite at the dawn of his recording career, Ledger’s forthcoming album features co-writing credits from Burnett, Steve Earle, and John Paul White of the Civil Wars. It was his sincerity and ease at delivering the songs without adornment, however, that warmed the damp Sunday night faithfuls.
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