Moody, hushed, pensive, Centro-matic and South San Gabriel frontman Will Johnsonâ€™s new album Scorpion stings softly.Â Out September 11th, Scorpion is Johnsonâ€™s first solo album in eight years.Â For this project, Johnson has decided to cut out the middleman and self-release the album direct to fans via Undertow Music/Thirty Tigers.Â Scorpion was recorded in the wooded outskirts of Denton, Texas, at the studio of longtime bandmate, producer and engineer Matt Pence.Â Also lending their skills to Scorpion are multi-instrumentalists Scott Danbom (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Sarah Jaffe), Howard Draper (Tre Orsi, Shearwater, Okkervil River) and Magnolia Electric Companyâ€™s Mikey Kapinus.
Unlike Centro-maticâ€™s Candidate Waltz or Johnsonâ€™s last solo album Vultures Await (both of which were written well in advance and recorded using carefully conceived arrangements), Scorpion documents the genesis and germination of its songs. â€œA lot of them,â€ Johnson says, â€œWere written in the studio, right then and there, in the moment. I enjoy capturing those initial gut reactions in songwriting. It doesnâ€™t always work, but when it doesâ€”you capture the song in such a raw, unique form.â€
Johnson is hitting the road this fall in support of Scorpion, with his friend and New Multitudes collaborator Anders Parker, playing a mix of traditional club shows and intimate acoustic living-room sets.
If you think Johnson is a slouch for not releasing a solo record in eight years, think again. During that time heâ€™s released projects with Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Monsters of Folk, Jason Molina and New Multitudes and done a shit ton of baseball paintings.
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FRI Sept 14 – Waverly, AL @ Living Room Show
SAT Sept 15 – Birmingham, AL @ Living Room Show
SUN Sept 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Living Room Show
MON Sept 17 – Athens, GA @ Living Room Show
TUE Sept 18 – North Carolina area @ Living Room Show
WED Sept 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Living Room Show
FRI Sept 21 – Philadelphia @ Living Room Show
SAT Sept 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Living Room Show
SUN Sept 23 – NYC @ Mercury Lounge
MON Sept 24 – Boston, MA @ Living Room Show
TUE Sept 25 – Montpelier VT @ Living Room Show
WED Sept 26 – Buffalo, NY @ Living Room Show
THU Sept 27 – Cleveland, OH @ Living Room Show
FRI Sept 28 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
Sat Sept 29 – Saint Louis @ Off Broadway
Tue Oct 2 – Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre
Wed Oct 3 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Thu Oct 4 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe