Jalan Crossland is nationally acclaimed by audiences, critics, and his musical peers as being a premier acoustic guitarist, banjo player, singer-songwriter, and engaging showman. Along with dozens of regional contest awards, his extraordinary guitar work earned him National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship Runner Up honors in ’97 and the State Flatpick Championship title of his home state in 1999. His 2017 album, “Singalongs For The Apocalypse”, won Wyoming Public Radio’s People’s Choice – Album Of The Year award. In recognition for his contribution to the arts in Wyoming, he was bestowed the Governor’s Arts Award in 2013.
Jalan has opened for, or shared concert stages with, Robert Earl Keen, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Taj Majal, Shovels & Rope, Shakey Graves, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Steve Earl, Ray Wiley Hubbard, The Grand Teton Symphony, Earl Scruggs, John Hartford, Charlie Daniels, Corb Lund & The Hurtin’ Albertans, Ballet Wyoming (playing, not dancing), The Young Dubliners, Reckless Kelly, Mike Gordon (Phish), Sam Bush, Leon Redbone, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, John McEwen (Dirt Band), Marty Stewart, Peter Rowan, Michael Martin Murphy, Norman Blake, and more.
Songs about drinkin, fightin, hobos, roughnecks, trailer park fires, oil-patch strippers, and little neighborhood dogs that bite, are lent their truth-is-stranger-than-fiction wobble by virtue of the fact that Jalan was raised and resides in a rural Wyoming mountain town, population 200, give or take.
Jalan has performed for Antelope Butte Festival, BMI Songwriters Festival Key West & New Orleans, Beartrap Music Festival, Evanston Bluegrass Festival, Big Horn Mountain Festival, Big West Arts Fest, Deadwood Jam, Donkey Creek Music Festival, French Quarter Festival, Gibson Guitars, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, John Hartford Festival, Longmire Days, Mansface Mountain Music Festival, Meadowgrass, NIC Fest, New West Fest Bohemian Nights, Nowoodstock, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Peaceful Bend Festival, Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Sioux River Folk Festival, Snowy Range Music Festival, Unvarnished Music Fest, Walnut Valley Festival, WHATFest, and more.