Darkness on the San Juans released!

Darkness on the San Juans is out now! Order physical copies (CD & vinyl), digital downloads, or stream at John’s Bandcamp store, and also available on Spotify, Apple Music, and everywhere else music is generally available these days.

Some early praise:

“…the more you dive into the album, the more the originality and intricacies shine. His personality is woven into his songs, almost as if by listening to Darkness on the San Juans you’re making an attempt to get to know Statz personally. He’s a professional at putting his listeners in his shoes.”
303 Magazine, Denver, Colorado

“A rare East Coast visit from Denver-based singer-songwriter John Statz, who has managed to put out seven records in a little over a decade’s time while staying under the radar, and whose music — electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock — makes you wonder why that is the case.”
The Boston Globe

“I should know about John Statz. Embarrassed that I don’t.  He’s got eight studio albums under his belt.  I can’t turn back the clock and listen to all those records so I’m going to have to take this one on it’s own merits… and I heartily recommend.”


Darkness on the San Juans – Pre-order!

Starting today you can pre-order my new record, Darkness on the San Juans, from my Bandcamp store, out officially on May 11th!

Truth be told, friends, I got my heart broken / I broke my own heart in 2017. Ernest Hemingway once gave the advice that one should, “write hard and clear about what hurts”, and so I did.

Available as a digital download, compact disc, or vinyl record*, and a purchase of any gets an immediate download of the first two singles, “Ex-Lover” and “Strong Enough”.

And how great is that cover photo? Credit due to Ron Martin (https://www.ronmartinphotography.com/), a terrific photographer from Durango, Colorado. The photo is of the Needles Mountains in the San Juan Range.

Thanks all, can’t wait for you to hear what I’ve been working on!


* vinyl copies will arrive later, best estimate is mid to late July







The new single (with bonus B-side) is available now! Stream and download at:

Apple Music

“Ex-Lover” is a new original, a sweet take on a relationship’s end. (And yes, I played those trombone parts myself!)

The B-side is “Strong Enough”, a Sheryl Crow cover I’ve been playing at shows recently, with my friend Megan Burtt joining on vocals.

Recorded these tracks in my living room at the very beginning of this year, thanks so much to my old friend Nathan Edwards for flying out from Wisconsin to engineer.

Full album coming later this spring, stay tuned!






It’s a real deal record now.

My first album came out in 2006, the same year I began touring, and here we are eleven years later and I FINALLY have a real record out. I’ve been a fan of vinyl ever since my dad gave me his old turntable and small record collection (mostly Emmylou Harris and John Denver) when I went off to college. I still use the same stereo that he bought back in the 60’s, though I’ve since moved on to a new player. All that said, I’m incredibly excited to have an album I made out on the medium, and can’t wait for you guys to put the needle to it! You can pick up copies at my bandcamp store, but I only pressed 100 copies of this first edition, and 43 are already spoken for from the Kickstarter campaign, so get ’em while they’re hot! To celebrate this first limited vinyl release, each copy will come signed and numbered (out of 100) by me. And to all you Kickstarter backers, yours are going in the mail today, thank you once again so much for helping to make this possible!