Jesse performed It Will Stay With Us on The Late Show with David Letterman on March 25. He was joined by Tony Scherr on bass, Dan Rieser on percussion and Norah Jones on piano and backing vocals.

willie-mays250Musician and painter, Will Johnson, to Showcase original baseball folk art paintings.

Get an insight into baseball’s unsung heroes with “Disguised Combat, Long Haul, No Steroids: Ed. I” painting exhibition to open at The Record Ranch Gallery inside Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth, on April 18th. All works were created in-between Will’s busy touring and recording schedule with his bands Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel.

“We at Cactus have long been fans of Will’s recorded work and it is very exciting to host an exhibit of Will’s paintings as our first musician-as-artist show.” says Quinn Bishop, managing partner of Cactus Music and The Record Ranch Gallery. “At the record store, we routinely champion the lesser known people that have made tremendous contributions to music. This philosophy applies so well to America’s favorite pastime as seen in Will’s show. We are pleased to include this opening as part of our Record Store Day schedule of events.”

The exhibition of paintings features Negro League giants Satchel Paige and Cool Papa Bell, Alta Weiss who was the first female professional player, innovative managers Branch Rickey and John McGraw, house-hold names such as Hank Aaron Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson plus other figures who made remarkable contributions to their sport and have unique stories. These works have not been exhibited prior to this show.

“I keep the medium simple: just acrylic paint on old floor scraps, MDF board, glass or whatever might be hanging around my house or storage room. I’m not trained at this, and I wouldn’t call these pieces high art necessarily, but I at least try to celebrate the importance and uniqueness of these pioneers, unsung heroes and American curiosities. I try to focus on the transmission of history through simple tribute. It’s a way of paying respect, a way getting to know the game I love even better.” – Will Johnson.

A reception with the musician and painter, which is open to the public, will be held from 7 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 18th. The evening also will include a special live musical performance by Will Johnson who will be previewing compositions from his upcoming album. The reception will close Cactus Music’s Record Store Day festivities. Refreshments will be provided by The St. Arnold Brewing Company.

The exhibition is free and runs through May, 2009.

About Will Johnson (in his own words)
My name is Will. I drive a small pickup, am not presently on any medication, write songs, and play in two bands with some friends that I love a lot. I’ve worked jobs on a farm, in maintenance and janitorial work, in comic book distribution, in a record store, in restaurants, teaching, delivering cars, transporting equipment, renting out tuxedos, making sandwiches, and cleaning up radioactive and mercury-contaminated waste. I love baseball. I have always loved baseball.

About Cactus Music and The Record Ranch Gallery
Cactus Music, the Bayou City’s premier music store, re-opened in a new storefront in November 2007 to the delight of Houston’s music fans. The new 5,800 square foot location at 2110 Portsmouth and S. Shepherd continues a 30-year history of offering an extensive selection of recorded music, hard-to-find DVDs and music-related gifts and products. Cactus Music also showcases local, regional and national talent on its stage with weekly in-store performances. “These events provide a special opportunity to experience an intimate musical performance, and meet-and-greet with the artists,” says Quinn Bishop, managing partner. Located inside the new Cactus Music is The Record Ranch, an 1,800 square-foot store and art gallery offering a unique shopping experience for vinyl customers. In addition to thousands of new and used records, The Record Ranch Gallery presents exhibits featuring music-related artwork. “We have dedicated this space for artists to exhibit their music-related work and believe it also enhances the experience for our customers,” says Bishop. Cactus Music is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 713.526.9272

pim_dt Daytrotter just posted Pattern Is Movement’s cover of Beyone’s “Crazy In Love.”

“Pattern Is Movement have been keeping something from us, all of us, and while we’re at it, Beyonce – you little minx – you’ve been doing the same damned thing. Though she didn’t allow the full experience of her original version of “Crazy In Love,” which she wrote with her now-husband Mr. Jay Z and Rich Harrison, we’re fortunate to have the generosity of Christopher Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux here, willing to accentuate where the original inspiration of the “sassy” masterpiece came from. Beyonce must have been in cahoots with the one and only John Carpenter, as a ghostwriter on this particular tune. The sentiments that Ward and Thiboldeaux summon from the seemingly innocuous, but jammin’ song about out-of-the-head infatuation (probably inflamed by a roll or two in the old sheets) could have been plucked from the premise for “Halloween,” the 1978 horror classic written and directed by Carpenter, whereby high schoolers getting their foolin’ around on for the first time and chucking their virginity into the fire are thereby getting themselves slashed to hell in a potpourri of ways by a creep in a hockey mask … [READ MORE & DOWNLOAD THE TRACK HERE.]”

pim_live Pattern Is Movement will be touring the US with St. Vincent starting in May. If one of the following dates applies to you,  they’d love to see you there!  More shows to be announced soon.

05-19 Somerville, MA – Somerville Theater
05-20 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05-21 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
05-25 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
05-27 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
05-28 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
05-30 San Diego, CA – Casbah
05-31 Phoenix, AZ – Modified
06-02 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
06-03 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr.
06-04 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
06-05 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
06-07 Chicago, IL – Epiphany
06-11 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
06-16 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
06-18 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
06-19 Austin, TX – Mohawk

Jesse Harris on CBS Late Show

February 26, 2009


Jesse will be performing “It Will Stay With Us” from his new album “Watching The Sky” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, March 25th.  Check your local TV listings for times in your area.

Bottle Rockets Live DVD

February 26, 2009



The Bottle Rockets will be playing a special show which will be recorded for an upcoming live DVD release, in Champaign, IL at the High Dive on Saturday, May 2.

The DVD will include the show, interviews with the band, and other goodies.

Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.
Bottle Rockets all night! (no opening band).

The High Dive is one of the best music venues in the country. We are very excited about doing this in such a great place.

For travel and hotel info, etc, please visit our message board.

Champaign, IL is an easy drive from Chicago, Saint Louis, Indianapolis, etc. There is a full service airport (American Airlines flights connect from Chicago), Amtrak, Greyhound, and Megabus station right across the street from the venue.


David Bazan House Show Tour

February 26, 2009


David Bazan will be playing house shows across the USA in March and April.

There are very limited tickets available for these intimate acoustic shows. Please come out and say hello if you can.

03/02 – Spokane, WA – House Show 
03/12 – Kirkland, WA – House Show 
03/13 – Portland, OR – House Show 
03/16 – Chico, CA – House Show 
03/17 – Modesto, CA – House Show 
03/20 – Chino Hills, CA – House Show 
03/21 – Tempe, AZ – House Show 
03/25 – Austin, TX – House Show at Space12 
03/26 – Dallas, TX – House Show 
03/27 – Denton, TX – House Show 
03/28 – Norman, OK – House Show 
03/29 – Wichita, KS – House Show 
03/31 – Manchester, MO – House Show 
04/07 – Champaign, IL – House Show 
04/10 – Madison, WI – House Show 
04/11 – Minneapolis, MN – House Show 
04/16 – Denver, CO – House Show 
04/22 – Nampa, ID – House Show


Undertow is proud to announce the addition of   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Pattern Is Movement to our management roster.

Originally a five-piece, Pattern Is Movement has transitioned (from five-to-four-to-three) to the dynamic duo of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward.  In 2008 they released the album everyone had been waiting for, All Together.  Thiboldeaux’s rhodes and falsetto vocals paired with Ward’s intricate drumming creates a more explosive and infectious sound than ever.  The band is currently playing some US shows and gearing up for a European tour.  We are very excited to welcome Pattern Is Movement to the Undertow family!

Contact Christine Sanley for more info.

american-flags250Two good reasons to celebrate January 20: Inauguration Day for our new US President, and the release of David Bazan’s new 7″ single, American Flags.

Available since last November digitally, this is the first time these two songs have been available on vinyl. The 7″ also comes with a single-use code to download hi-res MP3s. Be sure to order your copy soon, as this is a limited pressing and will be gone fast!

1. American Flags
2. Please, Baby, Please (solo acoustic)

American Flags was recorded at Two Sticks Studio by Blake Wescott and Bazan. Assisted by Jackson Long and Jason McGerr. Additional recording by Bazan and Yuuki Matthews at Undisclosed Location. Instruments and vocals performed by Bazan. Additional guitar by Matthews. The track was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator and former Pedro The Lion band-mate, TW Walsh.

Please, Baby, Please was recorded for the Bazan DVD  “Alone At The Microhpone” by Bazan and Bob Andrews at Undisclosed Location. Performed and mixed by Bazan. Mastered by TW Walsh.


Jesse Harris USA Tour Dates

January 15, 2009

jesse-live-banjoJesse will be touring across the USA from January 21 through March 8 with Joshua Radin.

Dar Williams joins the tour January 21 – Feb 5. It should be a lot of fun. Please come out and say hello.

Jan 21 – Rochester, NY – Water Street
Jan 22 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Jan 23 – New York, NY – Webster Theatre
Jan 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
Jan 26 – Richmond, VA – The National
Jan 28 – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan 29 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
Jan 30 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Jan 31 – Greenville, SC – Handlebar
Feb 03 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Feb 04 – St. Petersburg, FL – Palladium Theatre
Feb 05 – Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
Feb 06 – Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird
Feb 07 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Feb 09 – Austin, TX – The Parish
Feb 10 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
Feb 11 – Dallas, TX – The Loft
Feb 13 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Feb 14 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
Feb 15 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Feb 17 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Feb 18 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
Feb 20 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Downtown Brew
Feb 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
Feb 23 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
Feb 25 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
Feb 27 – Lawrence, Kansas – The Bottleneck
Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fine Line
Mar 02 – Milwaukee, WS – Pabst Theatre
Mar 03 – Chicago, Il – Park West
Mar 04 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre
Mar 06 – Kent, OH – Kent Stage
Mar 08 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In

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