Hello Friends! We’re looking for people to host Will Johnson Living Room Shows in April in the areas listed below. If you are located in or near any of these cities and interested in hosting please read everything below and get in touch! Contact info at the end.

April 2 : Saint Louis MO
April 3 : Chicago IL
April 4 : Indiana or Ohio
April 5 : Ohio
April 6 : Buffalo NY
April 7 : Pennsylvania, Massachusetts or Vermont
April 8 : Pennsylvania, Massachusetts or Vermont
April 9 : Boston MA
April 10 : Upstate NY or NYC
April 11 : NYC or Brooklyn
April 12 : Philadelphia PA
April 13 : Baltimore MD
April 14 : Wash DC or North Carolina
April 15 : North Carolina
April 19 : Huntsville AL

Deadline for submission is February 13
Tickets will go on sale February 23 @ 2pm (central time).

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for about 3 hours, check names off the list at the door… in return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

Here’s how it works.

1. You have a house, loft, small gallery, studio or other private space that can comfortably and safely host 40-50 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other interior space would be ideal. There needs to be street parking, parking garage or public transportation nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. Sorry, we can’t do these shows outside.

2. Ticket price will be $15. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be no reselling or third-party tickets sales. All tickets sales are direct to fans from Undertow. Limit 4 tickets per person. We want everyone to have the same chance of getting tickets.

3. We’ll provide the host with a list of everyone coming to the show. The host won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive. We ask guests to arrive between 7:00-7:45pm. The shows start at 8pm and we ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm.

4. The host gets 5 additional free tickets for the show. If you have other friends beyond your 5 guests who want to come to the show you should direct them buy tickets on-line.

5. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.

6. The shows will promoted on our websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth.

7. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter too. We’ll create a Facebook event for each show and make you a host of the event so you can easily invite your friends (Thank you!). Remember, please don’t post your address. The address only goes to people after they buy tickets. We need to keep the location private so random people don’t try to show up and pay at the door.

8. You don’t need any sort of sound system. All we is an armless chair for Will to sit on and glass or bottle of water near where he’ll be playing. It’s nice if you have some kind of ambient lighting like a lamp on coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer to help create a cozy mood.

9. You don’t need seating for everyone. If you have a bunch of chairs, great! But most shows are floor seating and we let guests know they should bring a cushion or pillow to sit on during the show.

10. There will be no opening acts on the living room shows.

11. We love dogs and cats… we really do! But an excitable pet running around during the show can be distracting for the guests and performers. If you have curious and friendly 4-legged family members, would you be ok with putting them in another part of the house or sending them to a friend’s house during the show?

After reading all of this, if interested please follow these steps:

IMPORTANT!
You read everything above and it’s all cool?

1. send an email to will@living-room-shows.com with this info:
- a. Your address.
- b. A few photos of the space where the show will happen.
- c. Please put “Will Johnson Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.

2. Sit tight and we’ll get back to as soon as possible if we can book the show at your house.

Thanks for your help!

After we have the dates sorted out we will announce the shows and tickets will go on sale at undertowtickets.com.

Come out and say hello! No stage, no sound system. It’s just Will and a guitar, playing songs and telling stories. Each show is limited to 35-45 tickets.

Tickets on sale now!

Feb. 11 : San Antonio TX – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 12 : Houston TX – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 13 : Mobile AL – IMC @ Satori Coffee House
Feb. 14 : Waverly AL – Living Room Show @ Standard Deluxe – TICKETS
Feb. 15 : Birmingham AL – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 16 : Atlanta GA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 18 : St. Petersburg FL – Craftsman House Gallery

* Tickets for shows in Mobile and St Petersburg available directly from the venues.

After All This Time

December 2, 2014

Download the unreleased track “After All This Time”. Enjoy!

December 2, 2014

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Just a reminder that our final tour begins tonight in Dallas TX. We are equally sad as excited to kick off this final tour and celebrate the amazing years of Centro-matic with all of our friends and fans. Dates below, ticket info HERE. Hope to see you at a rock show!

PS check out this amazing photo retrospective of the band complied by Matt Pence!

December 2014 Tour Dates:

Dec 02 : Dallas, TX – The Kessler >
Dec 04 : Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge $
Dec 05 : Athens, GA – Georgia Theater #
Dec 06 : Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade *
Dec 07 : Washington, DC – DC9 *
Dec 09 : Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *
Dec 11 : Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade *
Dec 12 : New York, NY – Mercury Lounge ^
Dec 13 : Allston, MA – Great Scott ^
Dec 14 : Buffalo, NY – Sportmen’s Tavern &
Dec 15 : Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern ~
Dec 16 : St Louis, MO – Off Broadway ~
Dec 18 : Austin, TX – The Parish +
Dec 19 : Denton, TX – Dans Silverleaf ~
Dec 20 : Denton, TX – Dans Silverleaf @
Dec 21 : Denton, TX – Dans Silverleaf %

> with Doug Burr and Angelus
$ with Joey & Kelly of Glossary Duo, Water Liars & special guest Jason Isbell
# with Thayer and Dead Confederate
* with Elephant Micah
^ with Anders Parker and Cloud Badge
& with Roger Bryan and the Orphans
~ with Telegraph Canyon
+ with Monahans
@ with Slobberbone
% with Daniel Markham and Patterson Hood

Centro-matic on Squidbillies

October 19, 2014

We will be performing the theme song on tonights (Oct 19 at 11:45pm) episode of Squidbillies! Tune in!

Behind the scenes view:

Will is headed out to play Living Room Shows in November. No stage, no sound system. It’s just Will and a guitar, playing songs and telling stories. Each show is limited to 35-45 tickets.

Tickets on sale Monday, October 13 @ 2pm (central time)
BUY HERE

Wed Nov 12 : Tulsa OK
Thu Nov 13 : Springfield MO
Sat Nov 15 : Sioux Falls SD
Sun Nov 16 : Minneapolis MN
Mon Nov 17 : Charles City IA
Tue Nov 18 : Madison WI
Wed Nov 19 : MiIwaukee WI
Thu Nov 20 : Champaign IL
Fri Nov 21 : Bloomington IN
Sat Nov 22 : Lexington KY
Sun Nov 23 : Memphis TN

Please help us spread the word about these shows. Click here to join the Facebook Event for the show you’re attending and invite your friends.

Due to overwhelming demand and our initial two Denton shows selling out so quickly we will be adding two more shows to this final run. On Tuesday December 2, we will kick off the tour in Dallas at The Kessler and we are adding a third show in Denton on Sunday December 21 at Dan’s to finish off the run. We plan to invite a few special guests join us at The Kessler and are happy to have our good friends Patterson Hood and Daniel Markham on the bill to play this last show with us in Denton. All proceeds from the last show at Dan’s on December 21 will be donated to charity. This is it, we promise, so get tickets quick if you plan on attending. Thank you to everyone for all the continued support!

Tuesday, December 2
The Kessler
On sale TODAY, OCT 9 at 12pm CT
Support TBA

Sunday, December 21
Dans Silverleaf
On sale FRIDAY, OCT 10 at 10am CT
Daniel Markham and Patterson Hood (solo) support
All proceeds from the show will be donated to charity

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December Tour Dates / Final run

September 21, 2014

WHEN WE LOOK BACK NOW…

Not a lot of bands have kept their original lineup intact over the course of eleven records and nearly two decades. When Centro-matic started, I didn’t have many expectations other than putting out Redo The Stacks, and maybe getting the band together to play some shows when schedules allowed. There was never a formal asking of anyone to be in the band or make it their full time dance partner.  We just did what was natural and enjoyable for us. We kept finding reasons to play shows, make records, then play more shows, then make more records. As time’s gone, I’ve hoped that Centro-matic’s history together has had something to do with a specific feeling when we play. I’ve hoped our collective connection over the years could somehow be heard through the the songs and the sounds. Whether that’s the case or not, I’ve always felt proud of our particular kind of racket.

Some pretty crucial forces have kept the four of us together for all this time. We’ve largely been fueled by a consistent drive to convene, share and create something new and inspiring to our ears each time out. Most of the time we’ve just had a good time hanging out. We’ve looked forward to it on just about every occasion I can remember and we’ve come to look after each other as family along the way. We’ve remained loyal to one another and I think that’s made us a better band, show by show, and tour by tour. In a lot of ways, we’ve become grown ups together.

We’ve encountered some successes I wouldn’t have imagined when we started, and like just about any band, we’ve run across some unforgettable setbacks. One thing we’ve fortunately avoided over the years is the presence of any notable drama. A couple of folks have even joked that the absence of drama in Centro-matic might contribute to the fact that our profile isn’t bigger; that a good deal of today’s consumer culture might feed off a little pot-stirring.  Never been for us to say.

I can write with no hint of drama that our December tour will be the last Centro-matic tour for the indefinite and foreseeable future. For a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate the existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the four of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can’t say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-matic has done.

What I do feel certain about is that this tour should be a gathering of friends, old and new, in some venues that have been kind and loyal to us over the years. There’ll be some guests here and there to help us ring things out properly. I don’t think we ever wanted Centro-matic to leave the room silently, or sadly, or hobbled. This time feels as good a note as ever to go out on and I feel safe in saying that Mark, Matt, Scott and I would like for this tour and for these shows to be a celebration of our work and time together.

One thing that has resonated with us increasingly since the start is the devotion, love and generosity within our community of fans.  We were never the most popular band on the block, but the kind of long-running support we’ve received has been something consistent and immeasurable. The climate of music has morphed into a pretty different thing since we started. Even as the times have changed around us, the connection with our fans has easily and always provided our biggest source of inspiration over this incredible journey.

It’s been the most important thing.

As always, maybe see you at the rock show.

Love, Will J.

December 2014 Tour Dates:

Dec 04           Nashville, TN            Mercy Lounge
Dec 05           Athens, GA                Georgia Theater #
Dec 06           Raleigh, NC              Kings Barcade *
Dec 07           Washington, DC       DC9 *
Dec 09           Philadelphia, PA      Boot & Saddle *
Dec 11           Brooklyn, NY             Rough Trade *
Dec 12           New York, NY            Mercury Lounge ^
Dec 13           Allston, MA               Great Scott ^
Dec 14           Buffalo, NY                 Sportmen’s Tavern &
Dec 15           Chicago, IL                 Schubas Tavern ~
Dec 16           St Louis, MO              Off Broadway ~
Dec 18           Austin, TX                  The Parish +
Dec 19           Denton, TX                Dans Silverleaf ~
Dec 20           Denton, TX                Dans Silverleaf @

# with Dead Confederate
* with Elephant Micah
^ with Anders Parker and Cloud Badge
& with Roger Bryan and the Orphans
~ with Telegraph Canyon
+ with Monahans
@ with Slobberbone

Will is headed out on a living room tour in September. No stage, no sound system. It’s just Will and a guitar, playing songs and telling stories. Each show is limited to 35-45 tickets.

Tickets on sale now : BUY HERE

9/3 : Austin TX – SOLD OUT
9/4 : Ft Worth TX – SOLD OUT
9/5 : Fayetteville AR
9/6 : Little Rock AR
9/7 : Jackson MS
9/8 : New Orleans LA
9/9 : Lafayette LA
9/10 : Alexandria LA
9/11: Austin TX

Please help us spread the word about these shows. Click here to join the Facebook event the show you’re attending and invite your friends.

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.