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A review of Jon Chandler’s CD WESTERNS included the phrase, “Chandler’s music is literate and literary.” Yep. There’s not an ounce of stereotypical Gene ‘n Roy retro-cowpoke, Lazy Z Chuckwagon faux-western shtick in his music or voice. Chandler writes songs of the historic and contemporary West, songs that owe more to Larry McMurtry, Elmer Kelton, Robert Service and Mark Twain than they do anyone in a band that ends with Wranglers or Ramblers. His music is a reflection of his heritage. A seventh-generation Coloradan, his novels, songs and poems serve to keep alive the West’s frontier ethic.

After singing in honky-tonks and folk clubs while earning his Graduate Degree, he continued to utilize his musical talents in the corporate world, writing advertising jingles and producing soundtracks for audio-visual presentations. Jumping ship from the marketing arena, he joined Denver’s seminal country-rock band, Dawson, and toured extensively before forming a series of creative businesses. Hooking up with Newport Publishers as a voiceover talent, he soon began producing children’s product, audio novels, and his first solo CD, Out West of Laramie. His award-winning Keepers of the Flame CD and its attendant music video served as the focal point of a nationwide conservation education program administered by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (Department of Agriculture). His CD, WESTERNS, has been dubbed “a landmark recording” and was chosen “best Western CD” by True West Magazine. Sepia Soul, the Best of Jon Chandler was released to rave national reviews, with the iconic Cowboy Magazine noting, “It’s very difficult to categorize Jon Chandler’s music. It is western, sorta, because Chandler is a man of the West, but it is also, at times, Americana, progressive country, folk, southern, bluegrass, balladesque. Regardless, listening to this Jon Chandler album is a relaxing, mellow, beautiful musical experience. Truly wonderful music.” Maybe It’s the Moon – Jon Chandler & the Wichitones LIVE! was recorded at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and received stunning reviews, including Country Line’s, “Thank God for Chandler and his band of musicians.” In 2008, he received the Audience Award from the Western Folklife Center’s Yellowstone & Teton Song Competition for his song, The Road That Leads to Yellowstone, receiving a new Gibson Songwriter Deluxe guitar. He was named Best Living Western Musician of 2009 by True West Magazine. He is also the voice of the Historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, CO and the Historic Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, WY. His newest release, The Gang, was released in December 2011.

The Starz/Encore Westerns Channel produced a music video of Jon’s Through the Gap, shown in conjunction with Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. He hosts America’s Soul Live!, a monthly concert series at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, Colorado that is taped and syndicated on a variety of outlets, including Rocky Mountain PBS, Comcast Cable and Frontier Airlines. Guests have included singer/songwriters ranging from Richie Furay to Chuck Pyle, from Mollie O’Brien to Johnny Hickman & Jim Dalton. Notable concert appearances include the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the Western Folklife Center’s 20th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Department of Agriculture’s congressional reception for Earth Day in Washington D.C.

Chandler’s first novel, The Spanish Peaks received the prestigious Western Writers of America’s Medicine Pipe Bearer (Spur) Award and is being represented as a film property by Hollywood-based Red Wall Productions. (Red Wall Productions’ Paul Pape and Lincoln Lageson are also representing a screenplay based on Jon’s Christmas story and song, I Want My Daddy Back.) Wyoming Wind, a novel of Tom Horn, received glowing reviews and was a Colorado Book Award finalist. He is finishing his new novel, He Was No Hero, based on his song of the same name. Several of his poems were included in the recently-published collection, Open Range—Poetry of the Reimagined West. His cover story on the history of Western/Country music appeared in True West Magazine (Old West Magazine) and a profile of the modern day Hole in the Wall Gang (he is a director and past-president of the group) appeared in Persimmon Hill Magazine. Conversations: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of Westminster, Colorado was published in 2004 with A Century of Dignity—The History of Olinger Crown Hill published in late 2007. He and his family live in the Denver area.