Early Riser

by John Statz

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Travel On 04:15
All the Wild 04:56
Orbit 03:54
Mom and Dad 03:14
Kansas City 03:39


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.


released May 1, 2020

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

John Statz: vocals, acoustic guitar, high strung guitar, trombone, 12-string guitar

Kate Hannington: vocals, grand piano, Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, Hammond B3, clarinet, oboe, acoustic guitar, tack piano, electric guitar

Jeremy Moses Curtis: vocals, upright bass, electric bass

Billy Conway: vocals, drums

Christine Palmer: vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn

Megan Burtt: vocals

Loren Dorland: vocals, Wurlitzer organ

John Macy: pedal steel

Melissa McGinley: fiddle

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

All songs written by John Statz (BMI) except:
~”What Would You Call That?” and “Orbit” by John Statz (BMI) and Kate Hannington (BMI)
~”All the Wild” by John Statz (BMI) and Gabrielle Louise (ASCAP)
~”Come In From the Cold” by Joni Mitchell (ASCAP)

Photo by Kimberly Crist - kimberlycrist.com

Design by Nathan Vignali


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John Statz Denver, Colorado

One of the more prolific thirty-something songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released nine studio albums and performed all over North America and Europe over the course of his fourteen-year career. The Boston Globe has called John’s music "electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock" ... more


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