Ten Sleep's native son Jalan Crossland's celebration of 20 years as a touring singer/songwriter will coincide with his appearance at the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Beartrap Summer Festival, August 2 and 3.
Johnny Cash. Elvis Costello. Eric Clapton. Dustin Kensrue. These are the men that define a certain style of music. But, it's more than just a style of music. It's an attitude, a lifestyle. It's folk music, but it's so much more. It's blues, rock, pop, classical, and more all rolled into one. It's a public diary of a broken soul, and if there is one man that gets what folk music is, it's Jalan Crossland.
Despite the stagemanship and repertoire that has earned singer/songwriter Jalan Crossland the upbeat sobriquet “The Trailer-Park Troubadour,” he's much more than just a pretty face.
Though (because?) he lives in a town whose population is 307, he has an almost uncanny grasp of the machinations of heartbreak and human nature, as expressed in lyrics such as “Checkout time / And the Sunday morning sunshine / Is a jury trial...”
"There ain't much to see in a small town, but what you hear sure makes up for it" is the old adage. In Ten Sleep WY population 307, what you'll hear - more often than not - is a clanky old banjo ricocheting off the storefronts and buttes, like a renegade