“… 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
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

“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. 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.


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.