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Logan Stats | Image Source: Janet Rogers

He’s not doing it to be retro or throwback. Logan Staats is proving, without making a point about it, that his generation can pick up the basic musical ingredients and cook up soul-satisfying dishes creating a tasty buffet of songs; in this case Staats’ first solo album Goodbye Goldia released June 21st 2015.

He is part of a new wave of Six Nations talent including Lacey Hill, Jace Martin and The Ollivaders who are taking up the torch from their musical predecessors such as Murray Porter, Derek Miller, Mark Laforme and Faron Johns. The ingredients Logan is working with are honest song writing, skilled musicianship and one killer voice. His lyrics are not unlike the stories spun by such greats as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Buffy Sainte Marie.

Having performed as front-man with the band Ghost Town Orchestra and leading them to success winning Best Rock Album at the 2014 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, Staats’ decision to go it solo is timely for his career. Approaching this project with a pocket full of songs recorded with minimal production, these tracks take you on a journey of love, loss and honest personal experience, each one leaving you wanting more.


Logan Staats debuted his first solo album June 21, 2015
Logan Staats debuted his first solo album June 21, 2015 | Image Source: Janet Rogers


Simple Man is the most audio-biographical song, composed with a bittersweet sentiment about a man who “will make it one day” and a list of things he rejects to remain being the man he wants to be. The opener, Running Like a River starts out like a lazy sunny Saturday morning and crescendos to a vocal lightening storm asking the musical question “Can you feel it?” On “What You Love” we get the impression this is a cover of an old Delta Blues tune sped up and reinterpreted but rest assured, Logan’s tracks are ultra unique, promising to become the standard by which other artists, perhaps the next generation of artists are compared against.

Goodbye Goldia dropped on Summer Solstice 2015 or as it has been celebrated for the past 20 years since 1995 as National Aboriginal Day. This artist, being solidly rooted in his Indigenous identity has cleverly over-lapped his personal event with the national event and Goodbye Goldia can only improve upon the day.

Visit Logan’s website for concert dates, booking information and to order the album. Goodbye Goldia is also available from all your favorite online sources.


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About The Author

Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet has three published poetry collections to date; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011. Her newest collection “Peace in Duress” will be released with Talonbooks in September 2014.  Her poetry CDs Firewater 2009, Got Your Back 2012 and 6 Directions 2013 all received nominations for Best Spoken Word Recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and the Native American Music Awards.  You can hear Janet on the radio as she hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV fm and Tribal Clefs on CBC radio one fm in Victoria BC. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum” (50 years of indigenous protest music) and Resonating Reconciliation won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013. Ikkwenyes or Dare to Do is the name of the collective Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs and Janet created in 2011. Ikkwenyes won the Canada Council for the Arts Collaborative Exchange award 2012 and a Loft Literary Prize in 2013.

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