When this video was recorded at just seventeen years old, Logan Halstead was a hidden gem, waiting to be mined out of Appalachia.
You have to give a hand to video platforms like Red Barn Radio and RadioWV for discovering these young talents. Giving up and coming artists a platform to showcase high quality performances helps to rocket launch them into the public eye.
That is precisely what happened when RadioWV filmed Logan Halstead singing “Dark Black Coal.”
With the video now having 6.4 million views, fans (including myself) are going back and reliving the magic of Halstead from the start of his career after his album release.
The album’s title track highlights the hardships and other trials that coal miners face. The track is heavy, raw, and authentic.
“And you miss being younger, a boy with a hunger To get far away from this town You never knew how, why, or when Just knew that you’d make it somehow Now twenty years older shoulder to shoulder With boys who we’re just like you Spending their lives underground Proving their collars are blue.”
Appalachian songwriters can dig (no pun intended) so much deeper, given the environment they grew up in. Halstead capitalized on that for this track and throughout the whole album, giving listeners a peek into life in the holler.
There is no doubt the virality of this video made the release of Dark Black Coal so highly anticipated, even two years later.
For fun, check out the Spotify OurVinyl Session of the tune too.