Alt-country picker Crossland returns Saturday to Garage Pub

2014-03-20T11:00:00Z Alt-country picker Crossland returns Saturday to Garage Pub The Billings Gazette

Nationally admired guitarist Jalan Crossland is returning to Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.’s Garage Pub on Saturday.

Admission is $5.

Crossland’s rootsy solo acoustic guitar and banjo musings, combined with his fingerstyle and flatpicking genius, has gained him a national reputation.

Crossland is one of a few alt-country artists who still calls the country home. This anchors the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction wobble to his songs of 21st-century rural life.

Last year was huge for Crossland. In February 2013, he received the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award during a ceremony and gala event in Cheyenne. A few months later, he played the Key West Songwriters Festival, then went on the WYOmericana Caravan concert tour, which featured Crossland, Screen Door Porch and J. Shogren Shanghai’d. The tour hit 14 shows in 26 days, covering more than 3,200 miles and was covered by Michael Segell for the New York Times.

Crossland also opened for the Tedeschi Trucks Band. His music has been heard on ESPN.com and his “Hard to Stop the Killin’” was featured on snowboarder Mark Carter’s “Real Snow BackCountry” snowboard video.

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