Please join us for the first South San Gabriel shows in 8 years! 

August 10 : Austin TX – Mohawk Austin – TICKETS
August 11 : Dallas TX – The Kessler – TICKETS
August 12 : Denton TX – Dan’s Silver Leaf – TICKETS

Getting tickets in advance is highly recommended. 


“Murder of (the Dance) Transparency Pic Disc” has been released by our friends at Piaptk Records​. This transparency picture disc is packaged in a heavy duty mylar pic disc sleeve and is limited to 70 copies.


LITTLE RAIDER EP + 2 VINYL RELEASE/The folks at Goliad Entertainment will be releasing the Little Raider EP on vinyl on May 26. The original EP was recorded in 2011 with Jim Eno at Public Hi-Fi, and this vinyl release includes two bonus tracks, documented last year with Britton Beisenherz at Ramble Creek Recording. I’ll have them available at all upcoming performances. Track listing:

Little Raider
To Coupland Lines
One More Dreamer For The Summer
To Place Me On A Stone
Tangle For The Less
Devil On The Interstate Line
The Treaty/Loose Talk (Bonus Track)
Waiting Here For The Light To Rise (Bonus Track)

NEW SHOWS/I’ll be traveling around doing some shows in June. Most of these will be with my friend John Moreland.

June 1 – St. Louis @ Off Broadway*
June 2 – Indianapolis @ White Rabbit Cabaret*
June 3 – Cleveland @ Beachland Tavern*
June 4 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel*
June 7 – NYC @ Bowery Ballroom*
June 8 – Boston  @ The Sinclair*
June 9 – Montreal @ Bar Le Ritz*
June 10 – Toronto @ Velvet Underground*
June 13 – Ann Arbor @ The Ark*
June 14 – Chicago @ Thalia Hall*
June 16 – St. Paul @ Turf Club*
June 17 – Maquoketa IA @ Codfish Hollow Barnstormers*
June 29 – Denton @ Dan’s Silverleaf

* with John Moreland

LONESOME LIES BEFORE US/My friend Don Lee has written a new novel called Lonesome Lies Before Us. Solitude, uncertainty, and one’s search for identity and love are explored through lead character, songwriter Yadin Park. Don kindly asked me along to help shape some of the lyrics for this book, and we’ll join together for a reading, stories and songs at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee on the evening of June 15.

NEW SOUTH SAN GABRIEL SHOWS/We’re getting the troops back together to play a few here in Texas. Come on down and sit with us for a spell in the syrupy heat.

August 10 – Austin @ Mohawk
August 11 – Dallas @ Kessler Theater
August 12 – Denton @ Dan’s Silverleaf

Thanks, and see you down the road. -Will J.

“… the pity, terror, strangeness, and magnificence of it all.”
-Thomas Wolfe/A Western Journal

RELEASE WEEK / I got the backdraft of last night’s Mesa, AZ Chicken And Waffle Wings running flush in mustache and beard. Two showers in and I don’t know if it is shakeable. That relationship was good but it needs to be over now. Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm LP, CD and downloads are officially available this Friday, March 24, thanks to Undertow. Release night/show will take place in the great city of San Francisco, and it sure feels good to be back out here in the West. LP, CD and downloads available via Undertow // iTunes // Bandcamp // Amazon, or at various record stores all around. I’ll have the new record in tow on this run, as well as limited supplies of the new Different Folk “Patient, Patient Man”/”Uinta” 7″, and the re-press of the record Jason Molina and I made together. The merch table will be stacked with older titles and some baseball prints as well.

March 23 : Bakersfield CA – Tickets
March 24 : San Francisco CA – Tickets
March 25 : Petaluma CA – Tickets
March 26 : Reno NV – Tickets
March 28 : Eugene OR – Tickets
March 29 : Portland OR – Tickets
March 30 : Portland OR – Tickets
March 31 : Seattle WA – Tickets
April 1 : Boise ID – Tickets
April 2 : Cheyenne WY – Tickets
April 3 : Ft. Collins CO – Tickets
April 4 : Denver CO – Tickets 
April 5 : Albuquerque NM – Tickets

April 25 – Austin / 3Ten ACL Live

June 1 – St. Louis MO / Off Broadway
June 2 – Indianapolis IN / White Rabbit Cabaret
June 3 – Cleveland OH / Beachland Tavern
June 4 – Washington DC / Rock And Roll Hotel
June 7 – NYC NY / Bowery Ballroom
June 8 – Boston MA / The Sinclair
June 9 – Montreal QC / Bar Le Ritz
June 10 – Toronto ON / Velvet Underground
June 13 – Ann Arbor MI / The Ark
June 14 – Chicago IL / Thalia Hall
June 16 – St. Paul MN / Turf Club
June 17 – Maqoketa IA / Codfish Hollow Barnstormer’s

June 29 – Dan’s Silverleaf

REDO THE STACKS TURNS 20 / Twenty years ago this week (March 23, 1997), the first Centro-matic LP, Redo The Stacks was released. At the time I thought I’d make a record or two, then heave myself toward the numerous ways graduate school can break a person. Instead, that record was a direct route to some lifelong friendships, and a lot of incredible years with my Centro bandmates. I send love and thanks to Matt Pence, Scott Danbom, Mark Hedman, Bob Andrews, Lindsey Romig, Matt Barnhart, and all the folks that worked at Steve Records. They made those songs and that record come to life, and I’m thankful for it.

See you down the road. -Will J.

Now playing:
Jim Sullivan/U.F.O. LP
Durand Jones and The Indications/s/t LP
Gillian Welch/Soul Journey LP
Greg Vanderpool/Pilot LP
Gil Scott-Heron/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised LP
Isasa/Los Dias LP

I’m very excited to be headed out West for a big tour in March and April. These are all acoustic Living Room Shows… no stage, no sound system. I’ll be playing a bunch of songs from the new album Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm. Each show limited to 35-50 tickets. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

March 21 : Phoenix, AZ – Tickets
March 23 : Bakersfield, CA – Tickets 
March 24 : San Francisco, CA – Tickets
March 25 : Petaluma, CA – Tickets
March 26 : Reno, NV – Tickets
March 28 : Eugene, OR – Tickets
March 29 : Portland, OR – Tickets
March 30 : Portland, OR – Tickets
March 31 : Seattle, WA – Tickets
April 1 : Boise, ID – Tickets
April 2 : Cheyenne, WY – Tickets
April 3 : Ft. Collins, CO – Tickets
April 4 : Denver, CO – Tickets 
April 5 : Albuquerque, NM – Tickets

See you soon!

Southern shows, plus Valentine’s Night for the 5th consecutive year in beautiful Waverly, AL. All shows except Florence, AL and Mobile, AL are acoustic with no PA. Ticket links below… 

Friday Feb. 10 – Memphis TN – Living Room Show

Saturday Feb. 11 – Florence AL – 116 E. Mobile 
with Joey and Kelly from Glossary, and Shonna Tucker.

Sunday Feb. 12 – Birmingham AL – Living Room Show

Monday Feb. 13 – Atlanta GA – Living Room Show

Tuesday Feb. 14 – Waverly AL – Living Room Show

Thursday Feb. 16 – Mobile AL – Satori

Friday Feb. 24 – San Antonio TX – Living Room Show

Saturday Feb. 25 – Sealy TX – Living Room Show 
w/ Erika Wennerstrom.

Hello Friends, We’re excited to announce two new Will Johnson songs available on a very limited edition 7″ from Different Folk Records. Only 300 records are being pressed. Don’t delay, this will sell out.

Pre-order now and get an instant download of both songs. Record will be shipping to arrive on or before March 1.


Side A: Patient, Patient Man
Side B: Uinta

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Original painting by Will Johnson.

100% of the proceeds will go to winner’s choice of Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, The Trevor Project, or The Southern Poverty Law Center.

Painting is 9″ wide x24″ tall, acrylic paint on 2/3″ MDF board.

Elton “Ice Box” Chamberlain. He was the third ambidextrous pitcher the majors had ever seen.

Starting bid is $50. Auction ends Saturday, January 21 at 4pm Central Time.


Nice to meet you, 2017

January 11, 2017

Nice to meet you, 2017. Given your predecessor’s savage behavior, here’s hoping you took some notes on how to be. Or how not to be.

The new record will be released on March 24 via Undertow will full touring to follow. Britton Beisenherz, Matt Pence and Ricky Ray Jackson left their beautiful fingerprints all over this thing. We made it in Austin, TX at Ramble Creek Recording. I’m really grateful to have had them join for this record, and to have Matthew Genitempo’s photography on another LP cover.

Track listing:
1. Childress (To Ogden)
2. Every Single Day Of Late
3. Ruby Shameless
4. Filled With A Falcon’s Dreams
5. Heresy And Snakes
6. Hey-O, Hi-O
7. Predator
8. Milaak
9. Hatteras

Pre-orders will start on January 24.

We’re gonna do some electrified, full band venue shows here in Texas soon, with the lovely and wonderful Samantha Crain supporting. This lineup will include Greg Vanderpool on guitars/backing vocals, Britton Beisenherz on bass/keys, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel/guitars, and Rob Sanchez on drums/percussion. Rehearsals start soon, and I think we’ll make some big sounds and a nice racket together.

Thursday, Jan. 26 : Austin – Mohawk – TICKETS
Friday, Jan. 27 : Dallas – Club Dada – TICKETS
Saturday, Jan. 28 : Denton- Dan’s Silverleaf – TICKETS

Southern shows, plus Valentine’s Night for the 5th consecutive year in beautiful Waverly, AL. All shows except Florence, AL and Mobile, AL are acoustic with no PA. Tickets are on sale for all shows… links below.

Feb. 10 : Memphis TN – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 11 : Florence AL – 116 E. Mobile – TICKETS #
Feb. 12 : Birmingham AL – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 13 : Atlanta GA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 14 : Waverly AL – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 16 : Mobile AL – Satori – INFO
Feb. 24 : San Antonio TX – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 25 : Sealy TX – Living Room Show – TICKETS ##

# with Joey and Kelly from Glossary, and Shonna Tucker.
## with Erika Wennerstrom

Coming a little later in 2017, Different Folk Records (SD) will release the “Patient, Patient Man” b/w “Uinta” 7″, and People In A Position To Know (AZ) will release the “Murder (Of The Dance) 7”. More info on those and the Little Raider + 2 Vinyl Release coming soon.

Thanks a lot, and hopefully see y’all down the road. -Will J.

November 16, 2016


Times feel uncertain at best. Until midnight Friday Nov. 18, 100% of the sales from my LP, CD, and baseball art will go to Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and the The Trevor Project, which provides crisis prevention and suicide intervention for LGBTQ youth. If you were ever curious about checking out some of the music or art, please reconsider it at this time.
Love, and only love. -Will J.