BEXAR is an up-and-coming group comprised of Chris Ryan and Logan Turner. For those wondering how to pronounce the group’s name, reference their EP titled Pronounced Bear. The two artists met at a writing session during CMA Fest, where they connected well. Signed with Warner Music Nashville, BEXAR plans to release brand new music later this year. They will be out on the road for the remainder of the year, doing festivals in the summer and fall. The BEXAR duo found time to join us for a “Songs I Grew Up On” segment, an original series here at The Nash News.
1. “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons (2012)
One of the first songs that Chris and Logan connected over was this tune, and it was this band that inspired them to make the banjo a center in their music. Logan noted his appreciation for the anthemic nature of the song and the big chorus and melodic style the band produces – which led him to learn how to play the banjo.
2. “Meet in the Middle” by Diamond Rio (1991)
This was a song from Chris' childhood memory, and he recalled listening to the track in his dad’s truck. While he wasn’t sure at the time what the song meant, the tune evoked strong emotion in him. As Chris grew older, he understood the song’s lyrics better.
3. “Fix You” by Coldplay (2005)
Close to Logan’s heart, Coldplay’s songwriting inspires him. The band can take complex feelings and put them into songs that are deep and relatable to many people. Logan said that Coldplay is a band him and Chris aspire to be like, in that sense.
4. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty (1994)
Logan took this song as an example of evolving artistry. This song was a change in the type of music Tom Petty would work with. It’s a reminder to Logan and Chris that it’s good to be open with trying new styles.
5. “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban (2002)
The BEXAR duo aspires to be like Keith Urban because they would always like to be pushing new boundaries in their work. Both artists feel encouraged by Urban to take in all music sources to then be inspired to create something fun and different.
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