Team Love RavenHouse Gallery in New Paltz, NY will present an exhibition of paintings by artist Will Johnson, entitled Every Player is a Star.  The exhibition opens June 23rd and continues through September 7th.  A reception will be held at the gallery on June 23rd from 4-6 pm.

Team Love RavenHouse Gallery eagerly anticipates a special show of paintings by Texas-based artist and musician Will Johnson. Johnson combines text and imagery in his work, gracing his compositionally bold portraits with hand-lettered stories of astonishing, often under-the-radar players and well-loved but now defunct places (his Dead Stadiums series).  Subjects featured in this show include Willie Wells, Salty Parker, Debs Garms, Dizzy Trout, Ruth “Tex” Lessing, Marie “Red” Mahoney, Alva Jo Fischer, Bill Buckner, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Burnett Field, Old Arlington Stadium, and Kokernot Field, among others.  The works are acrylic on medium density fiberboard, averaging 10”x24”.  Signed limited edition prints (with a run of 100) of a selection of his works will also be available for sale.

Johnson is a multifaceted artistic talent, who found his way to visual art through his love of baseball and his reverence for the game’s unsung hero. As a self-taught painter and musician, he is a wise and subtle storyteller, spotlighting details and turning the seemingly banal into the most powerful hook. He has participated in multiple group art exhibitions, with this being his third solo show.  He has worked on a farm, in maintenance, in comic book distribution, in a record store, in restaurants, as a teacher, delivering cars, transporting equipment, renting out tuxedos, making sandwiches, and cleaning up radioactive and mercury-contaminated waste.  He played pony league from the ages of six to twelve, and his earliest baseball memories center around the 1976 World Series.

Johnson’s career as a musician includes founding the bands Centro-matic and South San Gabriel. He has recorded and/or performed with Monsters of Folk, Son Volt, Jay Bennett, The New Year, The Drive-By Truckers and Jandek.  His most recent project is “New Multitudes,” a Woody Guthrie archival project that include Jim James, Jay Farrar and Anders Parker.

Subjects ranging from the well-known …to the virtually unknown… help Johnson curate the ultimate card collection in a larger, singular scale, while he shares a unique insight on the game that is often verbalized among fans, but rarely intimated in such fashion.
-Chad Huffman, Modern American

About the gallery: 
Team Love RavenHouse Gallery, located in the Village of New Paltz, opened in April 2011.  It is the joint effort of Team Love Records and RavenHouse management company, and was founded to provide a physical space for art and music, in an increasingly cyber world.

New Undertow HQ!

June 10, 2012

We’re moving to a new office in beautiful downtown Champaign, IL on Monday, June 11. Please be patient as we get settled at the new space and figure out where to get coffee nearby, etc.

Our on-line store remains open for business. But we won’t be shipping any new orders until Thursday, June 14.

New address:

605 N Neil Street. Suite B.
Champaign, IL 61820

Office phone remains the same:


Media Consolidation Infographic

Source: Frugal dad

Undertow is very pleased to announce that Stagnant Pools have signed with Polyvinyl Records!

Their album, Temporary Room, will be released on August 7th on CD/LP/MP3.

You can stream or download two tracks from the album, and pre-order it on CD or ltd. edition white vinyl now at Polyvinyl’s website.

We’re sorry to hear about the passing of Levon Helm. An amazing force in music and life. I’m glad he shared his talent and kindness with us. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The Power of Music!

April 11, 2012

Will sang the National Anthem at the Rice University baseball game on Sunday, April 1.


Rocky Votolato | Television Of Saints
Release date: April 3, 2012
Format: CD / LP / MP3

Track list:

01. Little Spring
02. Ghost Writer
03. Fool’s Gold
04. Above The Water
05. Sunlight
06. Television Of Saints
07. Start Over
08. Sparks
09. Writing Fiction
10. Crooked Arrows

Check out this Super 8 Film for the Will Johnson song “To Copeland Lines” live at Frank in Austin, TX. This film was shot by Christopher Morse, Sean Schiavolin, Rachel Stuckey and John Williams. See more video, lots of cool photos and get all the audio tracks from this show over at Transistor Six

The Bottle Rockets will be playing more shows with Marshall Crenshaw in April and May. The Bottle Rockets will play their own set and then join Marshall as his backing band. These are fun shows! Please come out and say hello.

April 19 – Dallas, TX / Sons Of Hermann Hall
April 20 – Houston, TX / Continental Club
April 21 – Austin/Driftwod, TX / Old Settler’s Music Fest
May 10 – Northhampton, MA / Iron Horse Music Hall
May 11 – TBA
May 12 – Natick, MA / The Center for the Arts

More details on the Bottle Rockets website.