Following their successful run of shows in February last year, Jalan Crossland and Sean Devine are on the road again in October, playing venues in Montana, Colorado and New Mexico. Spanning influences from Guy Clark and Dylan to John Hartford and Tom Waits, these two bring a show rich in finely crafted songs and dazzling instrumental work.
Hailing from the tiny mountain town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Jalan Crossland is Wyoming's true music star. An award winning picker of guitar and banjo, and a writer of lyrics infused with humor, grit and hard-earned wisdom, Jalan is also a captivating performer capable of levitating large audiences with his porch-board rhythm and wild harmonica riffs, all while tearing up and down the fretboards of his many guitars and banjos. He has toured and performed with Hartford, Robert Earl Keen, Shaky Graves and others, and regularly sells out concert halls and festivals in Wyoming and northern Colorado.
Here is what some others have said about Jalan:
“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).
“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)
Jalan was awarded the Governor's Arts award in 2013. He was portrayed in the short film 'Wyomericana', which won the Laramie Film Festival in 2014. His 2017 release 'Singalongs For The Apocalypse' was voted Album of the Year at Wyoming Public Radio.
Sean Devine is a Montana native, growing up near the small town of Livingston, just across Yellowstone Park from Ten Sleep. He spent his formative years playing in a classic rock band with his dad and his uncle while still a teenager, and wrote and performed his original songs both with the band and solo in bars across Montana. After a stint in New York City in the mid-90s, where he was a regular performer at famed Greenwich Village nightclubs The Bitter End and CBGB's Gallery, Sean self-released his first album 'Walking Down The Road'. The album received airplay on college and community radio all over the west, while Sean toured almost constantly in a 1990 Buick LeSabre named "Dale". Sean was invited to perform on a songwriter showcase event at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and sold a dozen CDs in the parking lot after his set.
Many miles and two more self-released albums later, Sean continues to write the kind of songs people remember, and play and sing them true to his own heart.
Here's what some others have said:
"Sounds like a wonderful mix of Robert Earl Keen and Bob Dylan. It has a little country, folk, and rock and roll. This guy knows how to write and craft a beautiful song." - Harry Kaplan - Twangrila
"Country to its core... Devine lays himself before the listener as he tells his story of heartbreak and loneliness." - Rachel Hergett - Bozeman Daily Chronicle
"I hope everyone else feels half as good as me, about Sean Devine's Austin Blues." - Rik James - KGLT-FM 91.9
"Sean Devine is the Bob Dylan of Montana" - Ward Davis
Catch Jalan Crossland and Sean Devine when they come through your town this fall!