We are pleased to announce that our new record Take Pride In Your Long Odds will be released on June 3rd 2014To coincide with the release of our 11th studio album and due to popular demand we will also be re-releasing Redo the Stacks as a limited edition double vinyl for the first time ever. Redo the Stacks will be available in stores and available online beginning April 22.  If you live in Texas there will also be a 30 copies available at BOTH Waterloo Records in Austin & Good Records in Dallas  this Saturday April 19 for Record Store Day!

Paste Magazine is premiering a track from Take Pride In Your Long Odds check out ‘Salty Disciple’ here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2014/04/song-premiere-centro-matic—salty-disciple.html

Pre-order and tour dates to be announced soon! 

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After about nine hours of driving I pulled into Roswell and stopped at the Circle K on North Main Street to get some beer. The first person I spoke with was a lanky, young guy in a black satin jacket and a dirty Miami Dolphins cap.  He had what looked like traction encasing the entirety of his right arm. I almost bumped into him at the cooler, and we wound up talking at the register. He told me he’d been stabbed in the chest and in the arm, had just been released from the hospital, and was finally regaining some movement in his wrist. He continued his story to the clerk, who he seemed to know, and I stood at the door and wished him well with his recovery. He turned and flatly said: “I’m really happy to be alive. I’m just happy to be living this life.”

I couldn’t know what led him to this condition, or this chapter.  I’ll never know if I was talking to the bad guy, the good guy, or just the wrong place, wrong time guy. But as he talked, and as his eyes and smile lines expressed hope for healing and betterment, I realized, after the most difficult and surreal stretch of my own life, that it felt great to be back out in the world again. As rough as things looked for this guy, there was a centeredness about him, his other arm waving about as he excavated the air in the room for a shred of positivity. Keeping on.

There’s a comfort in the driving, the interacting, in making time for a walk to go watch a sunset, in playing some shows again. In smelling the supper of the contract workers cooking on the grill just outside my hotel room door tonight, and finding some trails to run just after sunrise tomorrow.

It feels good to be back in the American West. It feels good to see signs of Spring.

Maybe see you at the show.

-Will J. / April 2014

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WED APRIL 2 : Albuquerque, NM - SOLD OUT
THU APRIL 3 : Phoenix, AZ
FRI APRIL 4 : Las Vegas NV
SAT APRIL 5 : Los Angeles CA (Altadena)
SUN APRIL 6 :  San Francisco – SOLD OUT
MON APRIL 7 : Petaluma CA
TUE APRIL 8 : Sacramento CA
WED APRIL 9 : Reno NV – SOLD OUT
FRI APRIL 11 : Eugene OR
SAT APRIL 12 : Portland OR – SOLD OUT
SUN APRIL 13 : Seattle WA – SOLD OUT
MON APRIL 14 : Boise ID
WED APRIL 16 : Cheyenne WY
THU APRIL 17 : Ft Collins CO – SOLD OUT
FRI APRIL 18 :  Denver CO
SAT APRIL 19 : Crested Butte CO

BUY HERE

Will is headed out west for a Living Room Tour in April. Each show is limited to 35-45 tickets. No stage, no sound system… It’s just Will and a guitar.

Tickets on sale now.
BUY HERE

WED APRIL 2 : Albuquerque, NM
THU APRIL 3 : Phoenix, AZ
FRI APRIL 4 : Las Vegas NV
SAT APRIL 5 : Los Angeles CA (Altadena)
SUN APRIL 6 :  San Francisco
MON APRIL 7 : Petaluma CA
TUE APRIL 8 : Sacramento CA
WED APRIL 9 : Reno NV
FRI APRIL 11 : Eugene OR
SAT APRIL 12 : Portland OR
SUN APRIL 13 : Seattle WA
MON APRIL 14 : Boise ID
WED APRIL 16 : Cheyenne WY
THU APRIL 17 : Ft Collins CO
FRI APRIL 18 :  Denver CO
SAT APRIL 19 : Crested Butte CO

Will is headed out on a Living Room Tour in February. Each show is limited to 35-45 tickets each. No stage, no sound system… It’s just Will and a guitar.

Tue Feb 11 : San Antonio TX
Wed Feb 12 : Houston TX
Thu Feb 13 : Mobile AL @ Satori Coffee House *
Fri Feb 14 : Waverly AL
Sat Feb 15 : Birmingham AL
Sun Feb 16 : Atlanta GA
Mon Feb 17 : Macon GA
Tue Feb 18 : Athens GA
Wed Feb 19 : Huntsville AL
Fri Feb 21 : North Little Rock AR
Sat Feb 22 : Ft Worth TX

BUY TICKETS HERE

* Tickets for the Mobile AL show at Satori Coffee House will be available at the door on the night of the show. Tickets for all other Living Room Shows are only available from Undertow and must be purchased in advance.

Some folks are writhing in a thick fog of World Series tension, familiar excess, ongoing superstition, gradual wrinkling, unexpected twitches, lil’ sputters, regional quivers, localized belches, maybe endorsed calls/cries for help, obvious confusion, occasional enchantment, mild to total delight, definite surprise, hourly sweating, cold disappointment, understood inventive dancing, (mostly) harmless celebratory air punches, nauseating forecasting, predictable second guessing, and probably some hidden furniture kicks. And then some don’t care. It’ll all be over soon. Anyway, starting Saturday I’m gonna stumble into 18 solo shows in 19 days. This Fall run will roam the Midwest, East, Northeast, then back Midwest again, taking place again in alternate spaces like living rooms, old barns, art galleries, and a couple of venues. There will be weather, traffic, construction, ghosts of construction, tributes to construction, more memorable conversations with strangers, drifters, clerks, Flying-J gypsies, and some non-plussing sandwich and shit-all-they-got-is-Lavazza? situations. I feel like that’s all gonna wind up true.

I plan to show up, steal some paint color or home improvement ideas, put about two beers in the fridge, take one to my chair, then play some old and new songs on a 1960′s Kay acoustic guitar. Most of these shows will take place on the neutral and cared-for turf of a generous host’s home, without a PA system, amplification, lighting rig, or separation/back stage situation. We’re all on private property, and while respect should always be the thing, it’s even more of a thing when kids are around and someone’s pride and joy of a home is the mothership. Touring like this is meant to peel things back, encourage communication amongst all of us, and stick to the business of the songs. As always, I’m really looking forward to the ride.

I’ll have the latest round of baseball art prints, a special limited edition Mark Brabant-signed and designed tour poster, and some vinyl and various cd’s in tow.

- Will J.

Tickets are on sale via
http://www.undertowtickets.com/artist/will-johnson

11/02 : Springfield MO – Living Room Show
11/03 : St. Louis MO – Off Broadway (w/ Okkervil River)
11/04 : Nashville TN – Living Room Show
11/06 : Baltimore MD – Living Room Show
11/07 : Philadelphia PA – Living Room Show
11/08 : Queens NY – Living Room Show
11/10 : New Paltz NY – Tin Roof Sessions
11/11 : Buffalo NY – Living Room Show
11/12 : Goshen IN – Ignition Music Garage
11/13 : Chicago IL – LIving Room Show
11/14 : Chicago IL – LIving Room Show
11/15 : Milwaukee WI – Living Room Show
11/16 : Madison WI – Living Room Show
11/17 : Minneapolis MN – Living Room Show
11/18 : Sioux Falls SD – Living Room Show
11/19 : Charles City IA – Charles City Arts Center
11/20 : Kansas City MO – Living Room Show

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We contributed an unreleased song “Around Pullin’ Vines” to this compilation benefitting a cause that is close to our hearts. Please check it out and help if you can.

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Will is going out on a solo tour in November. Most of these will be intimate living room shows limited to 35-40 tickets each. No stage, no sound system… Just Will and a guitar.

Living Room Show Tickets on sale now!

SAT 11/02 : Springfield MO / Living Room Show - TICKETS
SUN 11/03 : St. Louis MO / Off Broadway (w/ Okkervil River) - TICKETS
MON 11/04 : Nashville TN / Living Room Show - TICKETS
WED 11/06 : Baltimore MD / Living Room Show - TICKETS
THU 11/07 : Philadelphia PA / Living Room Show - TICKETS
FRI 11/08 : Queens NY / Living Room Show - TICKETS
SUN 11/10 : New Paltz NY / Tin Roof Sessions - RSVP
MON 11/11 : Buffalo NY / Living Room Show - TICKETS
TUE 11/12 : Goshen IN / Ignition Music Garage - TICKETS
WED 11/13 : Chicago IL / LIving Room Show – TICKETS
THU 11/14 : Chicago IL / LIving Room Show – TICKETS
FRI 11/15 : Milwaukee WI / Living Room Show - TICKETS
SAT 11/16 : Madison WI / Living Room Show - TICKETS
SUN 11/17 : Minneapolis MN / Living Room Show - TICKETS
MON 11/18 : Sioux Falls SD / Living Room Show - TICKETS
TUE 11/19 : Charles City IA / Charles City Arts Center - TICKETS
WED 11/20 : Kansas City MO / Living Room Show - TICKETS

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Will Johnson has a new series of small art prints available!

All prints are 6″x9″
Each one signed and numbered by Will Johnson.
Complete sets have matching numbers.
Printed on 100lb card stock
Only 100 copies were made of each print.
No re-prints will be made.

Included in this series:

Old Busch Stadium / St. Louis, MO
Old Tiger Stadium / Detroit, MI
Kokernot Field / Alpine, TX
Burnett Field / Oak Cliff, TX
Mark Fidrych
Steel Arm Taylor
Max Manning
Wayne Graham
Slim Jones

BUY NOW

6/ 7 – Austin TX – Frank w/ Kingdom of Suicide Lovers

6/8 – Dallas TX – Foundry w/ Kingdom of Suicide Lovers – FREE SHOW!

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Overseas: PRE-ORDER NOW!

April 4, 2013

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OVERSEAS:
David Bazan, Will Johnson, Matt Kadane and Bubba Kadane.

PRE-ORDER NOW: CD / VINYL / DOWNLOAD

Pre-order starts on April 4 // Release date June 11.

You’ll get an email with a link to a full-album MP3 download when your purchase is complete. Please don’t share this link, it’s just for you!

All cd and vinyl pre-orders will be shipped to arrive on or before June 11.

1 Ghost To Be
2 Redback Strike
3 Old Love
4 HELLP
5 Lights Are Gonna Fall
6 Here (Wish You Were)
7 The Sound Of Giving Way
8 Down Below
9 Came With The Frame
10 All Your Own

Mastered for vinyl from 24bit hi-resolution audio files.
Each LP comes with a download coupon inside.
Records pressed by Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, OH.

Written, performed, and produced by Overseas.

Recorded by Matthew Barnhart, Britton Beisenherz, and Overseas.
Mastered at Chicago Mastering by Shelly Steffens and Matthew Barnhart.
Cello on “HELLP” by Randy Fromme.
Thanks to Amy Beisenherz.