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• WHAT: Patsy Cline Tribute starring Logan Wells
• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 30
• WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
• COST: $33-43 (dinner and show) or $15-25 (show only)
• INFO: 419-626-1950, 877-626-1950 or sanduskystate.com
Logan Wells is not Patsy Cline, but don’t tell that to the tribute singer’s rabid fanbase that seemingly can’t get enough of this nationally-known performer’s act.
For the last few decades the North Royalton resident has toured the country playing the Grand Ol’ Opry star’s hits — “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin’ After Midnite,” “Sweet Dreams,” “She’s Got You” and more — to everyone from Las Vegas crowds to fair and
Now the Cleveland-area native returns to the area for a March 30 dinner and show at the Sandusky State Theatre. Funcoast caught up with Wells to discuss her rise from casual karaoke singer to Patsy Cline Tribute act and more.
Funcoast: It’s been a few years since you last played in Sandusky. What can audiences expect from your current show?
Logan Wells: It’s kind of expanded to where we have a DVD presentation as well as narrative. I’ll be singing and telling the whole life story of Patsy Cline. We added the visual effects a couple of years ago. So I sing the songs but I don’t try to dress like or imitate her. People say when they close their eyes they think Patsy is still there. It’s a nice compliment. If you’re going to be compared you might as well be compared to the best. It’s not only musically entertaining but it’s very educational as well. If they don’t know anything about Patsy Cline before they come, they will by the time they leave.
Funcoast: How exactly did you become a Patsy Cline tribute singer?
LW: I didn’t know I could sing until I was 30. We had a block party and one of the guys in our neighborhood did karaoke. He set up equipment and a lot of people were getting up and singing. I didn’t think I could really sing and then after two margaritas I worked up enough nerve to stand behind the speaker system so nobody could see me. One of the first songs I sang I heard everybody stop talking, be quiet and ask if somebody was singing or was that the record? That’s when I knew I could sing. I started playing around with different things by Karen Carpenter and Stevie Nicks. I found out I had a knack for imitating vocals really well. The two tribute shows I have are a tribute to Patsy Cline and another called “Women in Country,” where I tell the story of the first ladies of country like Cline, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee and so forth.
Funcoast: So tribute singing is a full-time job for you?
LW: Oh, yes, I do 250 dates a year. I do everything from singing at nursing homes and assisted living places during the day to fairs and festivals and a lot of club work on weekends. It took a couple of years until I was full-time. The first year I started entering karaoke contests, I think I entered 15 and I won every single one.
Funcoast: As for Patsy Cline, what is it about this country star who died in a plane crash nearly 50 years ago that still draws interest from the public?
LW: It’s from my understanding in hearing a lot of national stars talk about people who influenced their music, she’s just always one of them. She emerged in an era where women were just kind of making their mark in the industry, going out on the road and traveling and headlining their own shows. Before the ‘50s it was unheard of for a woman to do something like that. If you did that you had to pretend you were married to a band member. It was just women didn’t leave their homes and families to go out on the road. It was not looked upon very favorably. And people like Patsy kind of broke down those barriers. They say she was very outspoken. She could drink like any man. She had a mouth like a truck driver and she had a heart of gold.
Funcoast: Hmm, does very outspoken, can drink like any man, has a mouth like a truck driver and a heart of gold describe Logan Wells?
LW: All of them, all of them (laughs). It’s really weird. I was born the year she died and I didn’t know I could sing until I was 30 and she died when she was 30 (she then hums the “Twilight Zone” theme song).
Logan Wells performs her Patsy Cline Tribute at 7:30 p.m. March 30 at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Tickets are $33 to $43 (dinner and show) or $15 to $25 (show only). Call 419-626-1950 or 877-626-1950, or visit sanduskystate.com.