We love a country song about wine here at Holler, and the new single from Logan Ledger is an absolute corker!
The latest addition to our Best Country Songs About Wine playlist is a full-bodied blend of early 70s crooning, cosmic Californian country-rock and Bakersfield guitar licks; a deliciously sparkling, heavy-hearted reflection on love lost.
“All the wine in California couldn’t drown my memory,” he sings, his warm baritone as smooth and creamy as one of country’s golden age troubadours. “I might put away an ocean, but I never would be free.”
“On one level it’s a song about a sadness so deep that even alcohol can’t make you forget,” says Ledger. “But on another level the wine could represent all the pleasures of life - all the things we do to distract ourselves that never manage to erase our pain.”
“When I was a kid, I was borderline obsessed with Clarence White,” he explains about the sound. “Among other things, the lead guitar player in the Byrds and the co-inventor of the b-bender. Even before I finished writing this song with my good friends Beau and Noah, I knew that it needed to include a little homage of sorts. And I’m thrilled that I got the chance to sneak in a little b-bender guitar solo with some Clarencian motifs the real heads might recognize.”
The video for 'All The Wine In California' is premiering exclusively at Holler below.
The song is taken from Ledger’s forthcoming album, Golden State, produced by Shooter Jennings and due out on Rounder records in September.
Mainly recorded live at the famed Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the second full-length from the Bay Area raised, Nashville-based singer songwriter is the follow up to his T Bone Burnett-produced self-titled debut.
Ledger describes himself as having an “archaeological impulse with regards to music-making,” and the album digs into inspirations as eclectic as Western swing songwriter Cindy Walker, Gene Clark’s 1974 cult classic No Other, Bakersfield legends like Buck Owens, baroque-pop iconoclast Scott Walker, and the most obscure and eccentric corners of early-20th-century folk music as curated by bohemian polymath Harry Smith.
“Making this record really reinforced that I don’t ever want to do the same thing twice,” he says. “In the future I might make a crazy Western swing record or an 80s country-pop record, but no matter what I do, I always want to combine different eras and styles and come up with these strange hybrids. I’m not much of a purist and I don’t have any interest in just repeating the past.”
He laughs, “I guess we’ll see what the future has in store.”
Golden State is released on September 8th on Rounder records.