At only 17 years old, Logan hails from Boone County, West Virginia – home of Jesco White, coal mines, and…not much else. He’s got a sound and songwriting ability that’s eerily reminiscent of guys like Tyler Childers and Zach Bryan, in the best possible way.

After doing a session with RadioWV, Halstead’s song “Dark Black Coal,” a haunting look at life for many who work in the coal mines of southern West Virginia, has already racked up almost half a million views on YouTube.

As he told “Hippes and Cowboys”:

“Man, I wrote that song just based on my experience growin’ up in these parts. You know what I mean? Growing up here, you really do feel trapped sometimes. You feel like there’s no escape.

Like you don’t have nothin’ but coal mines and drugs. You have to drive 30 miles if you want to work at a damn Kroger or something like that. There’s nothing here.

So the coal mine is all we got. It’s a love/hate relationship with the mines, it really is. That song is really about that experience growing up, that trapped feeling.”

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