Logan Duke is a rising singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist based out of the NC Sandhills who harkens back to original Americana-folk… yet, modernized with shades of alt-rock/country/electronica. Whether he plays solo or with his full band, he presents a performance that encompasses his passion for storytelling, traditional acoustic guitar melodies with contemporary instrumentation.
After his first of many military moves from NJ to the other end of the east coast, he was inspired to pick up a guitar at the age of 10 by a folk duo, The Milk Carton Kids, after seeing them in a movie. Since then he has taught himself how to play guitar, drums, bass, mandolin and piano and does all the instrumentation and mixing on his recordings. He has ‘almost’ come full circle having had his latest releases mastered by Jason Cupp who works with The Milk Carton Kids after meeting them in July 2022. His early influences range from the Beatles to The Punch Brothers and everything in between, especially Leadbelly, Gram Parsons, Jason Isbell, Billy Strings and bands like TMCK and Bonny Light Horsemen… just to name a few.
When he’s not working on his solo project or collaborating with other artists, he is earning his AFA in Music and regularly playing the stages of clubs, festivals and venues in mid-North Carolina solo or with his band made up of veteran musicians. Having released a few alt-rock/pop songs already, he is going back to roots recording, producing and soon releasing a long-anticipated folk album. Follow him on @theloganduke on Instagram for updates!
“Duke, a graduating senior from Union Pines High School, began playing guitar in fourth grade and picked it back up, more seriously, in his teens.
His initial efforts were inspired by folk artists, from Bob Dylan to the Milk Carton Kids, and also Dave Rawlings Machine. These days he’s more into art rock or what he describes as alt folk-rock music, playing all of the instruments when he records — guitar, bass, drums, keyboards — and he sings.”
“My new music is more of who I am as a songwriter. I put out three singles before that were more hard rock, pop and punk, but I don’t write like that a lot anymore.” Duke said.
The young musician has been a regular at the Neon Rooster since its doors opened last fall. Duke credits Derrick Numbers, the owner, with cultivating a supportive environment for local musicians.
“It is a place where you can really express yourself as an artist. This town had a need for that. There is a lot of new energy and a lot of long energy as well. That is why I chose to have my show at Neon … being able to play originals and believe in yourself as an artist.” The show on May 19 will be Logan’s first time headlining at Neon Rooster.”