Kyle Cox, John Statz

Kyle Cox

John Statz

Fri · April 19, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Kyle Cox
Kyle Cox
It might seem incongruous that the most intimate songs that flow from the heart and pen of a skilled songwriter are also sometimes the most deeply relatable to many who hear said songs, but that is the sonic sweet spot in which Kyle Cox practices his craft. The hoops- and hooks-loving (basketball and catchy songs, respectively), Nashville-based Cox, who recently signed a label/management deal with Rock Ridge Music, will consummate the partnership with the June 3, 2016 release of his five-song EP, Trio and Friends.

“Immediately, from the first time I sat down with them, it seemed to click,” says Cox of the determining factor that sparked the flame that fueled his decision to make Rock Ridge Music his home – his musical sanctuary. “They seemed to understand who I was as an artist. They appreciated the blue collar aspect of my touring, my hard work and hit-the-pavement-running work ethic. It was just cool all around.” OnTrio and Friends, the comfortable artist-label relationship and aural rubber immediately meets the road with the opening track, ties-that-bind, tale “Trusty Ol’ Pair of Boots,” in which Cox sings, “Built to last and never fall apart/only fits better over time,” referring to his closest and most trusted partner in life. “The whole song is about my wife and the idea of marriage in general,” he vows. “The first verse is about the warm feeling love can give you and the ability to brighten up your day, or to keep you warm and safe or protect you, like a nice pair of boots can do.”

Cox’s uncanny ability to connect with his audience is the bridge that leads his followers over the troubled waters of everyday life, like in the lonesome lullaby “The One Left Behind.” At first listen, one can be unsure if the singer is longing for the one who got away for good, or simply missing someone you always want by your side. “That was a unique song for me to write, ’cause I don’t normally write the way I wrote that song,” Cox confesses. “That song started a little more stream-of-consciousness for me and I don’t necessarily go that route – I’m a lot more methodical when I write. The chord progression felt very lonely and sad and the words that were starting to come out were very lonely and sad.”

Born a military kid in the Lone Star state of Texas, Cox spent a lot of his life moving around, putting down and pulling up stakes in Omaha, NE, Washington, DC, and, around his middle school days, Orlando, FL, where he spent 17 years and pledged his undying allegiance to the city’s NBA team, the Magic. “Oh man, I think it’s a beautiful game,” he gushes about his beloved basketball. “Sports helps me a lot with learning to work with other people, how to push through difficult things, not giving up, not throwing in the towel just because it’s difficult, and realizing there’s always an opportunity for a comeback; there’s always an opportunity to nail a buzzer-beater in life.”...
John Statz
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.
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409