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Miner Brewing Music Series Presents: Jalan Crossland with John Statz
August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$20 - $60
A favorite of music fans throughout the West, Jalan Crossland returns to Miner Brewing Company along with special guest John Statz for an outdoor show on the Concert Lawn on Saturday, August 24.
Jalan Crossland played two sold out shows in the Miner Brewing Company Taproom in April, so don’t wait to get your tickets to see his return to Hill City.
General admission seating is just $20 when purchased in advance online, by calling 877.226.9453, or by stopping into the Taproom. Remaining general admission seats will be available on the day of the show for $25 by phone or in the Taproom only.
A limited number of bench seats are available, but general admission guests are invited and encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, or hammocks.
Magazines as far-ranging as the New York Times and No Depression have run features on Jalan Crossland, and Paste Magazine included him and his ensemble as being among Wyoming’s top bands. He has made numerous television and radio appearances and is portrayed in the short film “Wyomericana,” which won the Laramie Film Festival in 2014. He has released 7 albums of primarily his own songs and performs throughout the U.S. and occasionally Europe, when he takes the notion.
“To pin any one label on Crossland’s body of work would be a crime. It’s not country. It’s not rock. It sure as hell ain’t your daddy’s bluegrass! His characters and stories come alive to form an often dark, yet highly humorous interpretation of the American Experience,” writes Marcus Huff in the Laramie Zine.
Kanky songs about drinkin, fightin, hobos, roughnecks, trailer park fires, oil-patch strippers, and little neighborhood dogs that bite, are lent their truth-is-stranger-than-fiction wobble by virtue of the fact that Crossland was raised and resides in a rural mountain town with a population of about 300.
“He casts a sardonic but affectionate eye on the roughhewn lives of Western people. Crossland’s ‘Big Horn Mountain Blues’ is so popular in Wyoming that it is practically the official state song,” writes the New York Times’ Michael Segell. “Onstage, dressed in what might be called ‘cowboy carny’ (denim, buckle boots, and a bowler hat), he is a bundle of loose-limbed energy, a lovable bad boy who alternates love songs with knockdown banjo tunes about towns known for nothing more than ‘hard luck, bad blood, bullshit, and beer.’”
One of the more prolific young songwriters working in the folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released eight studio albums and performed all over North America and Europe, all in just 12 years’ time. The Boston Globe called John’s music “electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock,” while American Songwriter has said that he writes “the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening.”
The truth about him is that he got his heart broken in 2017. And another truth is that he did it to himself. Unpacking the pain and understanding the reasons behind a failed relationship led the Denver-based singer-songwriter to record his most intimate album to date, tracked in his living room with some of his closest friends.
Ernest Hemingway once gave the advice that one should, “write hard and clear about what hurts,” and so John did, taking listeners into the steep terrain of desire, hope, and longing that sometimes lingers beyond the defined end of a relationship. We retrace our steps. We look at what we thought we knew. We ultimately discover and face the truth under the stories we told ourselves along the way.