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When Logan Kirby received his first guitar at the age of seven, he was destined to be a musician. “I grew up with one side loving Neil Diamond, Frankie Valli and Simon and Garfunkel. And the other side loving Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Ernest Tubb,” Kirby said. “My Pop taught me three chords on the guitar and I took off from there.”
Kirby started performing professionally in 2008 and caught the eye of Marvin Lee in Georgetown, Illinois while performing. A week after seeing him perform, Logan began performing with Marvin and his band.
Two years later, Kirby was sidelined from performing after having both hands operated on for carpal tunnel.
Two months after the surgery, while working as a maintenance man at McDonald’s in Oakwood, Kirby suffered a stroke.
All he remembers from that day was having a raging headache and hearing a girl scream when she discovered him.
The doctors to this day do not know what caused Kirby to have the stroke, especially being in his twenties, it’s rare. “They never did say what caused it, but I’ve had high blood pressure most of my life.”
Logan spent six days in Carle, followed by six months of physical therapy. The stroke caused speech issues, temporary blindness and trouble swallowing. “I really couldn’t play the guitar and I didn’t talk for a long time. It slowed me down for quite some time,” Kirby said.
If anything came from the stroke, Logan was left with a droopy lip, which he believes helps him with his Elvis impression.
To date, Logan and his band have performed in thirty-five out of the fifty states and was involved in the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ as Johnny Cash at The Beef House. Besides playing the guitar, Kirby plays the banjo, harmonica and has written a couple of gospel and country songs that have a Hank Williams style to them.
Kirby’s influences include Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Frankie Valli, Elvis Presley, AC/DC, KISS and many more.
“I love classic country. I love doo-wop, but I also love rock n roll and the blues,” Logan told us. “I like anything that has a beat and songs I can understand the words to.”
Out of all his influences, it’s Buddy Holly that he would have loved to perform with. As far as dream venues, Red Rocks is first on his list.
On April 16th, 2022, Logan Kirby and his band will be performing at the Lorraine Theatre in Hoopeston at 7:00 p.m. When you attend a Logan Kirby show, his energy and excitement radiates throughout the crowd. “I’d like to think people will see a guy and his band take them back in time and remember where they were the first time they heard the song,” Kirby said.
Now thirty years old, Kirby recently married his longtime girlfriend, Lacey Krabel, who he has two children with. The road that got him here may have been rough, but his hopes for the future are simple.
“I just hope to be a good father, a good husband, be happy and I hope to bring happiness to others as long as I am able.”