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Submitted photo / Singer-songwriter Logan Mize will perform Dec. 13 at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis.
Submitted photo / Singer-songwriter Logan Mize will perform Dec. 13 at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis.

After the past year of successes, country musician Logan Mize won’t be crying into his beer any time soon.

The first single from his upcoming album, “Used Up,” was selected as a hidden find on Sirius XM’s popular country channel, The Highway.

He and his band are featured as the juke-joint performers in a commercial with Hayden Panettiere and her “Fabric of our Life” Cotton line of commercials. They also were highlighted in an episode of the TV show “Hart of Dixie.”

Mize will bring his contemplative brand of roots music Dec. 13 to the 8 Seconds Saloon, 111 N. Lynhurst Drive, Indianapolis. The show will start at 8:45 p.m., with Mize opening for country music singer Dustin Lynch.

How did you get into playing music?

I started playing piano at age 7; my folks got me a piano teacher. I put that away, learned about sports and things like that, like a normal kid in the Midwest. It wasn’t until I was 16 or 17 when I picked it back up. I learned guitar, went to concerts.

What was it about country music that you were drawn to?

I didn’t listen to much country. I listened to Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam. But there were a few things that I liked about the country guys. I loved the storytelling. I grew up in a country town, 1,800 people, with farmers and factory workers. That’s the environment described by the country music.

Once you discovered it, how did you work it into your own sound?

Whenever I started writing, I wanted to write songs. When I started putting music to the words, it came out a certain way. I didn’t have to steer it a certain way. I played the guitar a certain way that seemed right. The instrumentation came together around it.

What’s the focus or what were you aiming for with your upcoming album?

I just want to have good songs that people want to listen to. I’d love the mainstream commercial success. But I don’t care about the superstar thing. I’ve done the independent thing. I’d love to have some cake and eat it too.

How did you get to play in the commercial with Hayden Panettiere?

It was totally random. My bass player said he knew a guy who mentioned a commercial. We had just gotten off the road, hadn’t slept. It sounded terrible. But we drove down there, played for them, all these bands auditioning for it. We got to go and play a set, messed around, hung around on-set. It was pretty fun.

What can people expect from one of your shows?

I hope to have fun, hope they like the songs, hope it’s not boring to anybody. We don’t sing a lot of party songs. It’s like an art form to me. But if they come here to drink a lot of beer and dance, we want them to come here and do that.

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