Our friend Mike Marshall noticed a symmetry between the story arc of the recent career of his favorite athlete, Dirk Nowitzki, and one of our albums, Love You Just the Same. When he first mentioned the project we worried that he was headed down a rabbit hole of pattern recognition like the protagonist of Darren Aronofsky’s movie Pi. But darned if he didn’t pull it off. He made this video that kinda blows our minds and makes us sportscry. Do check it out:

Love You Just The Same from Mike Marshall on Vimeo.

Hey Everyone – just a heads up to let you know that both albums are now available at iTunes!!

Take Pride In Your Long Odds: www.smarturl.it/TakePride

Redo The Stacks: www.smarturl.it/RedoTheStacks

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Checking in as we get ready to start our tour tonight at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio TX (all tour dates below) and are counting down the days until our new album, Take Pride In Your Long Odds, is released on Tuesday June 3! Pre order here. Cant wait for you all to hear it, in fact you can stream it now thanks to our friends at Paste Magazine!!

The Onion AV Club also released our new video for Salty Disciple yesterday. Thanks to our friends the Galassi Brothers and Downstate Productions for making this incredible video!

WATCH HERE

Tour Dates:

Fri May 30 — San Antonio TX — Sams Burger Joint
Sat May 31— Austin TX — Mohawk
Tue Jun 03 — Austin TX — Waterloo In Store
Fri Jun 06 — St Louis MO — Twangfest
Sat Jun 07 — Chicago IL — Beat Kitchen
Sun Jun 08 — Madison WI — The Frequency
Mon Jun 09 — Minneapolis MN — Icehouse
Tue Jun 10 — Sioux Falls SD — Icon
Wed Jun 11 — Kansas City KS — Riot Room
Fri Jun 13 — Dallas TX — Good Records In Store
Sat Jun 14 — Dallas TX — Kessler

Thanks for all your support and hope to see you at an upcoming show!

Will, Scott, Matt & Mark

Our 11th album “Take Pride In Your Long Odds’will be released next Tuesday, June 3. Hear it now at www.pastemagazine.com.

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Spring is rolling onward and we’re viciously proud to announce the release of our 11th full length, Take Pride In Your Long Odds, available June 3rd.  We have a Pre-order for the album available through PledgeMusic. You can get the digital download, a diorama, some of Scott’s salsa or even a full blown, high decibel rock show at your house. Check out the pre-order HERE.

Track listing runs like this:

  1. Take Pride In Your Long Odds
  2. Every Mission
  3. Salty Disciple
  4. Cross Path
  5. Anything Torn Out
  6. Academy Of Lunkers
  7. Calling You Glad
  8. Cynthia Glass
  9. Hey There, Straps
  10. Relative Unto The Aces
  11. On The Ride Back
  12. Through The Fog, Then Down

We’ve announced some new Texas and Midwestern dates for June and plan to be on the road more a little later in 2014.  Here’s what’s confirmed at the moment:

  • May 30 – San Antonio, TX/Sam’s Burger Joint
  • May 31 – Austin, TX/Mohawk
  • June 6 – St. Louis, MO/TBA
  • June 7 – Chicago, IL/Beat Kitchen
  • June 8 – Madison, WI/The Frequency
  • June 9 – Minneapolis, MN/The Icehouse
  • June 10 – Sioux Falls, SD/Icon Lounge
  • June 14 – Dallas, TX/Kessler Theater

Our song Salty Disciple was unveiled by Paste last week, and a video for it, directed by Downstate Illinois’ pride and joy, The Galassi Brothers, will be coming along very soon.

Thanks as always.  Hopefully see you down the road.

-Will J.

We are thrilled to launch the pre-order for our new album TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR LONG ODDS!

Since this event is very special to us, as are you, we wanted to do something equally special with our pre-order for this album and we have teamed up with PledgeMusic to make this a little more unique where we can better connect with all of you. We are offering up some very exclusive merchandise and interactive experiences that we’ve never made available or done before. Hope you will join us and get involved!

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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