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Ten brand new songs about burning into, through, and out of love.
Ten brand new songs about burning into, through, and out of love.
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I have been writing love songs lately, specifically about the kinds of romantic love that burn. Namely, all of them. When we first enter a new relationship we are filled with burning desire. Sometimes we later take those same relationships for granted and seemingly burn right through them. At the end we might find ourselves literally burning old love notes, or simply bridges, which turns out to be an excellent time to listen to that fire in our bellies. Hit the road, see something new, spend time on ourselves before striking a new match. 

This album and these songs are partially my story, partially your story, partially his story, and partially her story. THE FIRE SERMON presents ten brand new songs, each of them about relationships in different places, while also suggesting a larger album-long narrative for the listener to discover.

This past summer while backpacking in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming I spent several afternoon thunderstorms huddled in the tent, trying to make some sense of the lengthy and heavily-annotated poem, The Wasteland, by T.S. Eliot. (I'd needed a really light book for the sake of the weight on my back, but light reading it was not.) I was particularly taken with the third section of the poem, entitled "The Fire Sermon", with endnotes informing me that the name was taken from "a sermon by the Buddha denouncing the fires of passion, hatred, and infatuation with which the senses burn." At the very end of the section Eliot simply repeats, "Burning burning burning burning."

While the album has been recorded and paid for up to this point, there is much to pay for yet, including:

* Mixing
* Mastering
* Pressing physical copies - both CD and Vinyl
* Artwork
* Website re-design 
* Publicity
* Radio campaign

Thank you so much for your support!

John

John Statz
John Statz

Produced by Megan Burtt

Megan Burtt
Megan Burtt

FEATURING

Julian Peterson on harmony vocals, electric, acoustic, and baritone guitars

Julian Peterson
Julian Peterson

 Patrick Lee on piano, organ, and Wurlitzer

Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee

 Casey Sidwell on bass guitar

Casey Sidwell
Casey Sidwell

 and Brandon Meagher on drums, percussion, transformer box

Brandon Meagher
Brandon Meagher

 Engineered by Todd Divel at Silo Sounds Studios in Denver, Colorado, September 19-21, 2016

Todd Divel
Todd Divel

 (All photos by Nikki A. Rae)

Risks and challenges

Releasing music these days is always risky. The industry is ever-changing, and defining a successful career seems like aiming at a moving target. One thing remains clear, to me, however, and that is: keep making more, and better, music. After the release: touring, performing, and continuing to write. All of this brings more risk, but I feel more proud of this album than anything I have ever done, and feel great about putting my career behind it for years to come.

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    A signed, early copy of the new album on CD (+ digi download) PLUS physical copies of TULSA, 12 August, Old Fashioned, Ghost Towns, Our Love Was Made For Canada and Dusk Came Slow, and a digital download of the live album, An Evening With John Statz. You'll also get the bonus eight-song digital EP.

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    If you follow me on social media you may know that I am a history buff, and read presidential biographies in chronological order. I will write you a twenty-page paper, arguing for or against the success of the administration of any president up to and including Andrew Johnson, #17. I'll email you a copy, and I'll print out a copy, sign it, and mail it your way. Additionally, you'll get both early digital and physical (CD) copies, as well as the bonus eight-song digital EP.

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    I will play a private concert in your own home! This one will take some planning, and we should probably chat a bit before you select this level. This will be extremely easy to work out if you live in Colorado or Wisconsin, or close by in a neighboring state. Otherwise, let's talk about my touring schedule. I'll be playing lots of different places in 2017, both in and out of the United States, we just might be able to work it out. Plus I'll send an advance signed CD of the new album, as well as the early digital download and the bonus eight-song EP, and you can take your pick of any other back catalog albums of mine you don't already have, I'll send them all. Hell, I'll send you a vinyl copy of the new record as well!

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