Early Riser released!

It was somewhere in England while on tour in September of 2019 that Colorado songwriter John Statz – stressed out by rainy days, Brexit anxiety, and a disintegrating relationship back home – began to feel optimistic and plan his new record. Early Riser is a balancing act between the experiences in modern life that cause us worry or pain and those that bring us joy. The album is very much a product of the year 2019 and the cultural scene at the end of a decade, with songs referencing political divisions over Brexit, the destruction of Notre Dame, and the racist dog-whistles of a xenophobic president. John presents those weighty topics alongside more personal songs of reverence for travel and the outdoors, falling in and out of love, and his parents’ relationship. These songs are brought to life by an ace band featuring Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, and Denver multi-instrumentalist Kate Hannington on keys, backing vocals, woodwinds, and guitars.

Listen and Download:

“What Would You Call That?”

Brand new single released into the world today!

Listen to “What Would You Call That?” on



and everywhere else digital music is distributed!

Produced by John Statz, Kate Hannington, Billy Conway, and Jeremy Moses Curtis

John Statz: vocals, acoustic guitar, trombone
Kate Hannington: vocals, Hammond B3, Rhodes piano
Jeremy Moses Curtis: electric bass
Billy Conway: drums
Christine Palmer: trumpet

Engineered by John Macy at Mighty Fine Studios, Denver, CO, December 2019 – February 2020, assisted by Loren Dorland

Mixed by John Macy at Mighty Fine Studios, Denver, CO, February/March 2020, assisted by Loren Dorland

Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering, Nashville, TN, March/April 2020

written by John Statz (BMI) and Kate Hannington (BMI)

Photo by Eric Vandeveld

April Tour Canceled

I was really looking to forward to having a packed April full of shows and I guess… now we’re all just wide open and at home. I’m sorry to say that these shows have all been canceled or postponed, my agent Tyler and I are working hard at moving them all into the summer, so stay tuned, I’ll still get to all of these places down the road.

As for myself? I’m still working my part-time job at the tile company, for now, and when I’m home I’m just going to cook and bake tasty things, write some new songs, play board games with my roommates, and read a whole lot. This situation is entirely unexpected, but we all have to take the best from it. Remember that you can still go for walks outside, as long as you stay six feet away from people, and that you still need sun and exercise. I’ll have some new songs coming out during this time, and so many others will, too, so keep your ears open for new music to help you through!

As with everyone else, the cancellation of these shows does have an impact, and if you feel so inclined you can buy digital downloads, CDs, and vinyl records at http://johnstatz.bandcamp.com. But I know that there are people who are and will be hurting worse than me, let’s all just help each other out, friends, family, neighbors, and strangers, wherever we are able.

Stay safe, try to stay healthy, and love to all of you.


UK Tour – September ’19

Sept. 19 – Ophelia’s Cocktail Lounge, London
Sept. 20 – Thimblemill Library, Smethwick
Sept. 21 – Prohibition Cabaret Bar, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sept. 23 – The Greystones, Sheffield
Sept. 24 – The Bristol Fringe, Bristol
Sept. 25 – The Wight Bear Ale House, Bournemouth
Sept. 26 – Kingsmead House Concerts, High Wycombe
Sept. 27 – The Square & Compass, Swanage
Sept. 28 – Desford Village Hall, Desford
Sept. 29 – Running Horse Pub, Nottingham

More details and tickets over at the calendar page!

Midwest / Songwriter Serenade

Hitting the road this April with Nashville songwriter Kyle Cox and we’re playing some of my favorite Midwestern locales! Come out and see us:

for more info visit the calendar page

Also, I am honored to be a semi-finalist in the Songwriter Serenade Competition, to be held next month in Moravia, Texas on May 4th! If you happen to be down in Texas come on out, there are tickets available and it will be my first time playing in the state in a full decade.