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a rainy day in the UK, but things certainly brightened up at The Greystones last night in the company of John Statz and M&J Blues who opened our first show of 2022.

It was great to see some friendly faces too, thanks to everybody that joined us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Hopefully it’s the start of things moving back in the right direction. If no cursed songs strike, and John did successfully close the portal, then WagonWheel Presents… will be back again on Friday April 8th when we’re joined by M.G. Boulter and E.R. Thorpe. After singular shows in 2020 and 2021, two in a year will be something of a novelty. Full details for this show can be found here or you can head straight to our WeGotTickets page to secure your place.

We’d love you to join us then…

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On Wednesday March 16th, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes US singer/songwriter John Statz back to The Greystones for our first show of 2022.

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”

Support comes from local favourites M&J Blues. Advance tickets priced at £9 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/533676 or entry on the night will be £12. Doors open 7.45pm. Please note we can only accept cash payment on the night for entry to the show.

***JOHN STATZ***

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.

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 fifteen-year career. The Boston Globe has called John’s music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. John has worked with some of the best producers in the genre, including Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on his 2012 release Old Fashioned, Jeffrey Foucault (Kris Delmhorst, Caitlin Canty) on a 2015 album TULSA, and Denver songwriting friend Megan Burtt on 2017’s The Fire Sermon. He’s more recently taken a turn towards the production chair, self-producing 2018’s Darkness on the San Juans and co-producing 2020’s Early Riser, along with Kate Hannington, Billy Conway, and Jeremy Moses Curtis.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was fifteen, which turned out to be perfectly timed for an easily-distracted Wisconsin teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn’t until Statz was nineteen and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he escapes to the mountains as much as possible to hike and camp, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.

“John Statz writes songs you can’t shake. They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m.” Jeffrey Foucault

http://johnstatz.com

***M&J BLUES***

M&J Blues are father and son Mark & Jeff Lyall. They’re regular performers at many Sheffield venues doing their bluesy country rock ‘n’ roll thing. They recorded and released live album In The Presence Of Friends in 2016 (now almost sold out) and continue to delight their ever growing army of fans. Whilst the gigs slowed down during the pandemic, they did release a limited edition 7″ single on Sheffield’s Steel & Wire Records during 2021 in support of the S6 Foodbank, a handful of copies remain at http://mjblues1.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/MandJBlues


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http://www.facebook.com/events/229358105941779

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i could have thought of few better places to be than a warm and cosy pub enjoying the fine songs of John Statz and Andy P. Davison & The Soul Preachin’ Co. Big thanks to John, Andy & Andy, and those who felt likewise and made the effort to come out and support live music once again.

WagonWheel Presents… will be back at The Greystones on Tuesday October 8th when Rod Picott brings his brand new record Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil to town. Support comes from Quiet Loner and you can find full details on this show here. Maybe we’ll see you then?

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On Monday September 23rd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes John Statz back to The Greystones. The Denver based singer/songwriter returns for a solo tour of the UK in support of latest album Darkness on the San Juans. Opening the show will be Andy P. Davison & The Soul Preachin’ Co. Advance tickets priced at £8 are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/468023 and the venue (12-6pm), or entry on the night will be £10. Doors open 7.45pm.

 

***JOHN STATZ***

The truth is that John Statz got his heart broken in 2017. And another truth is that he did it to himself. Unpacking the pain and understanding the reasons behind a failed relationship led the Denver-based singer-songwriter to record his most intimate album to date, tracked in his living room with some of his closest friends. Ernest Hemingway once gave the advice that one should, “write hard and clear about what hurts”, and so John did. John takes us into the steep terrain of desire, hope, and longing that sometimes lingers beyond the defined end of a relationship. We retrace our steps. We look at what we thought we knew. We ultimately discover and face the truth under the stories we told ourselves along the way. Darkness on the San Juans is a pause for reflection, and then it is an open road back to oneself.

One of the more prolific young songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released eight studio albums and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just twelve years’ time. The Boston Globe has called John’s music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. On his last three albums John worked with some of the best producers in the genre: Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), Jeffrey Foucault, and Megan Burtt. For this go around, John invited Nathan Edwards—a former college buddy who is now a recording technology professor at their alma mater, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh—to co-produce an elemental, heartfelt acoustic record.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by the very same Nathan Edwards who co-produced Darkness on the San Juans, completing a circle of sorts between past and present. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he casually gardens in his backyard, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.

“John Statz writes songs you can’t shake. They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m.” Jeffrey Foucault

http://johnstatz.com
http://www.facebook.com/johnstatzmusic
http://twitter.com/JohnStatz
http://www.instagram.com/johnstatz

 

***ANDY P. DAVISON & THE SOUL PREACHIN’ CO.***

Embarking on a full time solo career following the demise of The Black Thunder Revue, Andy has gone back to his love of roots music: Blues, Folk, Americana and Rock n Roll.

A new album released this spring was recorded with long time collaborator Alan Smyth at 2Flys Studios, and features backing band The Soul Preachin’ Co: double bass from Andy Dye of Fargo Railroad Co fame, and Ewan Ashburn, drummer for Black Thunder Revue.

If My Mouth Doesn’t Say It My Face Surely Will” features slide guitars, harmonica, dirty riffs, dirty voices and a rhythm section to die for. Live shows vary from the full power trio, to more stripped back solo and duo sets.

http://www.facebook.com/andypdavisonSPCo
http://www.instagram.com/the_soul_preachin_co
http://twitter.com/AndyPreachin

 

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when two singer/songwriters trade songs for the night. Big thanks to John Statz and Megan Burtt for a great night at Shakespeares, plus A Prayer Away who opened the show with a typically fine set, and of course you if you were there.

For our next show we’re back at The Greystones on Tuesday October 30th when WagonWheel Presents… welcomes Rachel Harrington back to Sheffield, along with Boss Caine who opens the show. You can find full details for this one here. We hope you can join us too.

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