Grounded comes out on August 20th! My tenth album and first done almost entirely solo. I bought some recording equipment and software last year and taught myself to engineer, so I recorded these tracks in my guest bedroom at home in Denver. Mixing and mastering is beyond my pay grade, still, so I sent the album to my good friend Nate Edwards for those steps, who kept a light, warm touch with the recordings. I designed it, shipped it off to Sooper Dooper for CD pressing in Wisconsin, and here it is. Available only at my Bandcamp – https://johnstatz.bandcamp.com/album/grounded – in CD, digital downloads, and for streaming. Shipping this week, release show 8/21 at the Broadway Roxy!
“Throughout Early Riser, Statz showcases the tremendous band he surrounded himself with — including Billy Conway on drums and Jeremy Moses Curtis on bass — while shining a light on his own stunning songwriting skills.
He pivots from singing about his own privilege on the jaw-dropping “What Would You Call That” — “As I enjoy, as I inhale / Thousands of people still sittin’ in jail / And I can go anywhere” — to lamenting his complete lack of survival skills on “Take Me in the First Wave” — “I ain’t got, I ain’t got no basement bunker or canned goods or a gun or a plan / I’ll just be, I’ll just be sitting on my back porch, just my cat, some books, my guitar, and weed.” Regardless of where Statz draws inspiration, though, his voice and focus are clear on every track as he strives to give listeners something to cling to.”
Brand new single released into the world today!
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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