Watch Logan Halstead’s Solo Acoustic Video For “Man’s Gotta Eat” From ‘Dark Black Coal’

West Virginian Logan Halstead has released new single “Man’s Gotta Eat” from his upcoming album Dark Black Coal, out May 5th, 2023 via Thirty Tigers. The song is laced with humor, but it has a darker side to it, showing the two sides of life in his Appalachian region. Halstead has also released a solo, acoustic video of the track.

He explains:

This one always makes me laugh, and it should make you too. This song is deeper than that, with underlying truths about the opioid epidemic…and stealing copper. This one is about a grind that I hope many of y’all don’t have to see or go through, but…a man’s gotta eat.

Previously-released singles include “Kentucky Sky” and “Coal River” at their respective links.

Dark Black Coal was recorded at Sound Emporium out of Nashville, and Halstead worked alongside Producer Lawrence Rothman (Amanda Shires, Margo Price, Angel Olson) and was accompanied by Kristin Weber (Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton) on fiddle, Dennis Crouch (Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash) on bass, and Ethan Ballinger (Lee Ann Womack, Aubrie Sellers) on mandolin, with Halstead playing guitar throughout the recordings.

For this record, Halstead wrote songs that highlight the singer’s life growing up in a region of Appalachia known “only for its coal mines, severe poverty, and being one of the many towns deeply affected by the opioid epidemic.” He also added two covers: “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” by Richard Thompson and “The Flood” by Cole Cheney.

Catch Logan On Tour:

Thursday, May 4 – Nashville, TN – The Basement

Friday, May 5 – Lexington, KY – The Burl

Saturday, May 6 – Pineville, KY – Bell Theater

Thursday, May 11 – Newport, KY – Southgate House

Friday, May 12 – Louisville, KY – Zanzibar

Saturday, May 13 – Huntington, WV – The Loud

Wednesday, May 17 – Buckhannon, WV – Strawberry Music Festival

Friday, May 19 – Richmond, VA – Get Tight Lounge 

Saturday, May 20 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse

Sunday, May 21 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic

Saturday, May 27 – Slade, KY – The Pit House

June 9-10 – Pineville, KY – Laurel Cove Music Festival

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