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
TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/gre9cjm

Saturday Feb. 11 – Florence AL – 116 E. Mobile 
with Joey and Kelly from Glossary, and Shonna Tucker.
TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/gm6lbbx

Sunday Feb. 12 – Birmingham AL – Living Room Show
TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/j2ww7rx

Monday Feb. 13 – Atlanta GA – Living Room Show
TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/zxmkdc2

Tuesday Feb. 14 – Waverly AL – Living Room Show
TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/ho4rw69

Thursday Feb. 16 – Mobile AL – Satori
INFO: http://tinyurl.com/jjdp5br

Friday Feb. 24 – San Antonio TX – Living Room Show
TICKETS: http://tinyurl.com/z6rhq8h

Saturday Feb. 25 – Sealy TX – Living Room Show 
w/ Erika Wennerstrom.
TICKETS:  http://tinyurl.com/jy5kold

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.

SHOP: https://undertowstore.com/collections/will-johnson


GRATITUDE 1/It’s been a little while since I’ve sent much word.  I got pretty caught up in the painting, parenting, trail running and writing-toward-new-records thing as the summer heat lamps peaked.  I thought standing in a 97-degree garage studio would get old fast, but for whatever reason I spent a lot of time out there over these months.  At any rate, there are a number of thank-yous to send around.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been moved and humbled by some of the responses that have come in with regard to the varying anniversaries of, and favorite songs from our releases.  History shows that our band and I prefer to release records in September.  But with all those posts have come some of the kindest words I could have imagined reading about the music.  To know that these records might continue to resonate with folks as years the years go is a grounding and wonderful thing.  Thank you.

GRATITUDE 2/Thanks to Neighborhood Gallery and all the folks that showed up for Tim Kerr’s and my art opening in Dallas on Sept. 3.  It’s the largest batch of baseball paintings I’ve ever dragged to a show, and in all we had 96 pieces on the wall.

GRATITUDE 3/Thanks also to all the folks that chimed in on the grossly detailed 50K training plan a few months back.  Was very cool to find that there are a lot of runners in this community, and I’m down for nerding out with my fellow trail runner pals here and there on the road.  Please keep the stories and regional recommendations for good trails coming.  I’m hoping to start a small running collective sometime in 2017 with a trial run of shirts, totes, etc., with all profits going to charity.  It’s something that lives a little in the abstract at the moment, but maybe it’ll result in the occasional group trail run on tours if/when time might allow for it.

HATTERAS NIGHT, A GOOD LUCK CHARM LP/I made a new solo record here in Austin at Ramble Creek Recording with my friends Britton Beisenherz, Matt Pence and Ricky Ray Jackson.  Their individual and collective powers seem to be without measure, and we came away with nine songs in five days.  It was engineered and mixed by both Britton and Matt, and will have a cover image by Matthew Genitempo, whose work is on the cover of Swan City Vampires.  It’s mastered and off to the record plant, and will be released on March 24 via Undertow.

THE 901/Been hanging around Memphis for a few days making a record at Sam Phillips Recording with my friend Justin Peter Kinkel Schuster (Water Liars).  We each brought a few songs in and have worked to be the best side-people, background singers, snack getters and joke tellers we can be for one another.  To record in a place like this is an intense thing.  It’s a spaceship back to 1960.  There are cigarette burns left on the upstairs bar left by Johnny Cash.  There are John Prine, Sleepy John Estes, Tom Jones and Bar-Kays masters on the shelves just down the hall, and there’s the occasional old, wadded up check from Sun Records laying around.  The smell of the hallways and iso-booths and reverb tanks and old office spaces sticks with you.  It gets in your clothes.  The kind of place I try to comprehend all day, then dream about at night.

MORE RELEASES/The Little Raider + 2 EP will be released this winter on vinyl, thanks to Goliad Media (Denton, TX).  There are also two new 7″ releases in the works, thanks to Different Folk (SD) and People In A Position To Know (AZ).

NEW SHOWS/Packing the tent and guitar and heading out next week.  All these shows will be acoustic, and with the exception of the Florence show, will be held in living rooms, churches, listening rooms, art spaces, etc. with no PA system.  I’ll have the latest run of baseball prints on this run and aim to play new songs from Hatteras..  I am open to the scenario of delaying or moving show times with respect to local MLB playoff concerns, but I guess we’ll fry those fish when we get to ’em.  Tickets avail. via www.undertowtickets.com.

Dates and locations:
October 7 : Water Valley MS – TICKETS
October 8 : Florence AL @ 116 E. Mobile / with Andrew Bryant – TICKETS
October 9 : Athens GA – TICKETS
October 10 : Brevard NC – TICKETS
October 11 : Asheville NC – TICKETS
October 12 : Richmond VA – TICKETS
October 13 : University Park MD – TICKETS
October 14 : Baltimore MD – TICKETS
October 15 : Philadelphia PA – TICKETS
October 16 : Weehawken NJ – TICKETS
October 17 : Boston MA – TICKETS
October 18 : Providence RI – TICKETS
October 20 : Pittsburgh PA – TICKETS
October 21 : Cleveland OH – TICKETS
October 22 : Columbus OH – TICKETS
October 23 : Detroit MI – TICKETS
October 24 : Grand Rapids MI – TICKETS
October 27 : Little Rock AR – TICKETS

November 5 : Dallas, TX – Trees – supporting Bob Mould.
December 1 : Athens, GA – Georgia Theater – supporting Jason Isbell.
December 2 : Athens, GA – Georgia Theater – supporting Jason Isbell.
December 16 : Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Center For The Arts – supporting Jason Isbell.
December 17 : Thackerville, OK- WinStar World Casino – supporting Jason Isbell.

There will be a few full band shows in early 2017.

Thanks for reading, and maybe see you on the road. With respect.  -Will J.

Will is headed out to play a bunch of shows in September and October. These are all totally acoustic Living Room Shows except the show in Florence AL will be at a great venue called 116 E. Mobile. That show is with Andrew Bryant from The Water Liars.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now! Don’t delay. The living room shows are limited to 35-50 tickets and always sell out quick.

September 7 : Dallas TX – TICKETS
September 8 : Oklahoma City OK – TICKETS
September 9 : Austin TX  – TICKETS
October 7 : Water Valley MS – TICKETS
October 8 : Florence AL @ 116 E. Mobile / with Andrew Bryant – TICKETS
October 9 : Athens GA – TICKETS
October 10 : Brevard NC – TICKETS
October 11 : Asheville NC – TICKETS
October 12 : Richmond VA – TICKETS
October 13 : University Park MD – TICKETS
October 14 : Baltimore MD – TICKETS
October 15 : Philadelphia PA – TICKETS
October 16 : Weehawken NJ – TICKETS
October 17 : Boston MA – TICKETS
October 18 : Providence RI – TICKETS
October 20 : Pittsburgh PA – TICKETS
October 21 : Cleveland OH – TICKETS
October 22 : Columbus OH – TICKETS
October 23 : Detroit MI – TICKETS
October 24 : Grand Rapids MI – TICKETS
October 27 : Little Rock AR – TICKETS

Bring a friend and tell a neighbor.
Thanks, Y’all.

Will Johnson and Tim Kerr, Group Show

411 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 3 / 7pm-10pm.

I aim to have around 40 paintings in tow for this one, and Tim will have many beautiful skateboard decks on hand.  Tim plays music, and I play music.  So there may well be some music that works its way into this hang.  Stop on down!   -Will J.

Hello Friends! We’re looking for people to host Will Johnson Living Room Shows in September and October 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.

For the September shows… deadline for submissions is July 22.
Tickets go on sale July 27 at 2pm (central time).

September 7 : Dallas TX – CONFIRMED
September 8 : Oklahoma City OK – CONFIRMED
September 9 : Austin TX – CONFIRMED

For the October shows… deadline for submissions is August 8.
Tickets go on sale August 23 at 2pm (central time).

October 7 : Water Valley MS – CONFIRMED
October 8 : Muscle Schoals AL – CONFIRMED
October 9 : Athens GA – CONFIRMED
October 10 : Brevard NC – CONFIRMED
October 11 : Asheville NC – CONFIRMED
October 12 : Richmond VA – CONFIRMED
October 13 : University Park MD – CONFIRMED
October 14 : Baltimore MD – CONFIRMED
October 15 : Philadelphia PA – CONFIRMED
October 16 : Weehawken NJ – CONFIRMED
October 17 : Boston MA – CONFIRMED
October 18 : Providence RI – CONFIRMED
October 20 : Pittsburgh PA – CONFIRMED
October 21 : Cleveland OH – CONFIRMED
October 22 : Columbus OH – CONFIRMED
October 23 : Detroit MI – CONFIRMED
October 24 : Grand Rapids MI – CONFIRMED
October 27 : Little Rock AR – CONFIRMED

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.

1. Please read everything below so you know how it works.

2. 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.

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

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 $20. 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?

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.