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Jack Logan

Singer/songwriter Jack Logan was anything but the overnight success he appeared to be at first glance -- a prolific and gifted talent, he spent over a decade as an unknown before emerging as a critic's darling with his 1994 debut Bulk. A native of southern Illinois, after high school Logan and his friend Kelly Keneipp relocated to Winder, Georgia, a small town located near Athens, a longtime musical hotbed home to acts ranging from R.E.M. to the B-52s. Logan garnered some underground notice during the mid-1980s for creating a comic book depicting R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck as a superhero, but for the most part he languished in obscurity; while he and Keniepp spent their days working in a local motor-repair shop, their evenings were devoted to writing and recording songs with a shifting coterie of friends and drinking buddies. Eventually, Logan's home recordings made their way to Buck, who recommended them to Minneapolis-based producer Peter Jesperson, best known for his discovery of the Replacements. After contacting Logan, Jesperson requested a few tapes; he soon received some 600 songs, recorded over the course of more than ten years. Jesperson whittled the total down to 42 for release as Bulk, and after a 1995 EP, Out of Whack, Logan and guitarist/keyboardist Keneipp assembled a band dubbed Liquor Cabinet to enter the studio to record 1996's Mood Elevator. Two years later, he teamed with Weird Summer frontman Bob Kimbell for the Parasol label release Little Private Angel;Tinker, credited to Jack Logan's Compulsive Recorders, appeared in late 1998, followed by 1999's solo Buzz Me In. Yet another release, the Bring Me the Head of Kelly Keneipp/Mature EP, rounded out the year. Monkey Paw appeared in spring 2001. Jason Ankeny

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