John Statz grew up on a generational German immigrant farm just outside of Madison, WI. Music and history were his interests in college, and after realizing that he would be hopeless in any rigid, formal nine to five, John gave up and accepted reality as a folk singer.
For five years, the emotions and realizations of war, suburban America, the heights of Colorado, and even the country of Canada have found themselves subjects of John's lyrics. Dusk Came Slow (2006) won a MAMA award (Madison Area Music Award) for Best Folk/Americana Album of 2007. Our Love was Made for Canada (2007) was nominated for two Folk/Americana awards the following year (2008).
John has made eight national tours and counting, rambling through the Midwest, East, South and West, playing festivals like Wakarusa and The World's Largest Bratfest, and clubs such as The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS and the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI.
Upstage Magazine - New Jersey
"His music contains beautiful guitar playing and a voice that harkens back to the golden age of folk artists when they honed their craft performing whenever and wherever they could. The raspy vocals add a certain honesty to his words. When he covers the classic "Can The Circle Be Unbroken" he shows an ability to tap into the gospel heritage of folk that many ignore."
September 12, 2007 | Special Online Article