Maple Street Music Agency presents Jalan Crossland with Derek Blake on March 3. It’s been a good minute since being in Fort Collins for Jalan, as he’s been busy dominating the Rocky Mountain and Black Hill regions and living up to his reputation as an “endemic Wyoming treasure” (Rita Basom- Wyoming Arts Council). Jalan is widely acclaimed by audiences, critics, and his musical peers as being a premier acoustic guitarist, as well as banjo player, singer-songwriter, and engaging showman. “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.” (Marcus Huff- Laramie Zine). 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 Jalan was raised and resides in a rural mountain town, population >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.” (Michael Segell- New York Times) Jalan will be joined by Colorado favorite, Derek Blake, who has unique take on old-timey americana classics as well as a refreshing catalog of original music. Tickets: All ages, $12, $15 door.

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