Jalan Crossland to play show Friday at college

Nov 10, 2013 From staff reports

The Jalan Crossland Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Central Wyoming College's Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre.

Widely acclaimed by audiences, critics, and his musical peers as one of the country's premier acoustic guitarists, Crossland is also a talented vocalist, banjo player, songwriter and showman.

The artist has released six studio albums, and his most recent, "Portrait of a Fish," is a solo project with just Crossland, his guitar and banjos. He is a 2013 recipient of the Wyoming Governor's Art Awards, and he has won the Wyoming Championship Flatpick title. His guitar work has also earned him the National Fingerstyle championship.

Crossland was born in San Francisco and his family later relocated to the tiny ranching town of Ten Sleep. He said he considers himself a hybrid of two cultures: "half hillbilly and half hillhippy."

Crossland has been touring both solo and with a band for 20 years. This year alone, Crossland has performed at more than 70 shows. His music can be heard on, and snowboarder Mark Carter chose a Crossland tune for his back country snowboard video.

The musician recently joined other Wyoming bands to form the WYOmericana Caravan, which traversed Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Montana to showcase their brand of music.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available at the CWC Box Office and at Mammoth Music in Riverton.

The concert, co-sponsored by Arts in Action and CWC, is one of several events in November celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Robert A. Peck Arts Center, which opened in November 1983.

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