Tickets on sale now for the Midwest Living Room Tour! These shows are hosted in private spaces and each one is limited to 40-60 people. No stage, no sound system… just Will playing songs and telling stories. All tickets must be purchased in advance. The zip code is listed on the ticket page so you know the general location of the show happening in your town. You’ll get the full address to the secret location when your purchase is complete.

5/15 : Tulsa OK
5/16 : Springfield MO
5/17 : Omaha NE
5/18 : Sioux Falls SD
5/19 : Charles City IA
5/20 : Minneapolis MN
5/21 : Madison WI
5/22 : Milwaukee WI @ Club Giranldi’s
5/23 : Chicago IL
5/24 : St Louis MO
5/25 : Champaign IL
5/26 : Bloomington IN
5/27 : Lexington KY
5/28 : Louisville KY

As always, thanks for your continued support for these shows.



“Blanco” will be released world-wide on May 13, 2016 by the fine folks at Barsuk Records! Blanco is made up of songs that were previously available in a very limited edition 7” vinyl series called Bazan Monthly, Volume 1 and Volume 2. David picked ten of those songs to update, remix and flesh out into a cohesive album format that’s easier for fans to collect and bring home.

Both Hands (Over My Eyes)
Kept Secrets
With You
Trouble With Boys
Little Landslide
Someone Else’s Bet
Over Again
Little Motor

Vinyl, CD or Cassette Tape signed by David Bazan
+ 18″x24” screen printed poster designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ Turntable slip mat designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ T-shirt designed by Jesse LaDoux
+ Immediate download of the first single “Trouble with Boys”
+ Full album download available on May 13
+ Orders placed by May 3 will be shipped to arrive on or before May 13

+ Mastered from hi-res audio without digital limiting or compression
+ Limited edition 150g white vinyl (blanco!)
+ Full-color gatefold jacket printed on uncoated stock
+ Full-album download on release date

+ Full-color gatefold sleeve printed on uncoated stock
+ Full-album download on release date

+ High-quality analog tape transferred from hi-res audio.
+ White cassette tape shell
+ Standard clear plastic cassette case
+ Full-color artwork printed on J-card
+ Full-album download on release date

+ Shirt: American Apparel – Made in USA
+ Shirt color: New Silver
+ Poster size: 18″ x 24″
+ Poster paper: Heavy weight 100lb
+ Print Colors: Black, Blue, Magenta, Pink
+ Printed by Ink Tank in Omaha Nebraska

All-pre-orders will get immediate download of the first single from the album “Trouble With Boys.” The full album download will be available on May 13th. We expect to have vinyl, cds and cassettes in stock so that pre-orders placed by May 3 should be delivered or before May 13. International orders will take a little longer. Orders after May 3 will be shipped the next business day after the order is placed and might arrive to you after May 13. (You still get the full-album download on May 13).

Other items on the same order will be shipped with the pre-order items. You should place a separate order if you want the other items shipped immediately.



April 10 : Philadelphia PA – SOLD OUT
April 11 : Brooklyn NY – SOLD OUT
April 12 : Washington DC – SOLD OUT
April 14 : New Canann CT – SOLD OUT
April 15 : Newport RI – SOLD OUT
April 16 : Mt Vernon NY – SOLD OUT
April 17 : Boston MA – SOLD OUT


SXSW 2016

March 10, 2016


None of our artists will be at SXSW this year.

We’re very excited to announce the Saint Louis premiere of the Bottle Rockets long-awaited movie!

Thursday, February 11
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63103

Doors open at 7pm
Movie starts at 7:30pm

Tickets are going fast! Don’t delay.


In 2009, a live show by iconic Midwestern rock band The Bottle Rockets was filmed with the intention of releasing it as a live concert DVD. As the footage moved through post-production, it transformed into a more ambitious project that featured a documentary. Over six years in development, Welcome To Our Movie: The Bottle Rockets Live & In Person is at last released. The incendiary live footage includes time-honored, fan-favorite songs, as well as the first performances of songs from The Bottle Rockets’ 2009 Bloodshot Records album Lean Forward. The documentary portions consist of engaging interviews with the band and lyricist Scott Taylor, incorporating rare memorabilia and personal archives from their earliest years and throughout their career. Directed and co-produced by John Boston, Welcome To Our Movie showcases an American rock-n-roll band performing at fighting weight and telling their unlikely success story.


Pioneer House Gallery
413 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Opening Reception:
Friday November 13, 2015 6-9pm

In October of 1978, my dad (a University of Tennessee alum) took me to my first Tennessee Volunteers football game at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis; a frustrating loss to Mississippi State. A bitter cold swept in as the sun set, and I got sick on the way home. I thought it was the Wendy’s, but years later I considered the plausible scenario that it might have been my first true taste of internalized, spectator heartbreak. The mood was somber, and the car savage and foul, all the way home. Memphis was the closest town of any significant culture for those of us from across the river in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas, so I made it there a good bit as a kid. In the coming years my dad continued to turn me on to the magnitude of Tennessee football, kindly taking me back to the Liberty Bowl when the Vols would come west for the occasional home-away-from-home game. Thanks to him I got to see Reggie White, Willie Gault, and Bill Bates play at the height of their college careers. While most of the other kids in our neighborhood wore Staubach, Swann, or Bradshaw jerseys in our sandlot, full tackle games, I was the kid in the orange #6 Jimmy Streater jersey and homemade Power-T helmet, both gifts from my dad. I wore that jersey so thin that he chose to replace it a couple years later. Even as life took me southwest, I’ve been proud to follow along and watch the Vols from afar. Through good years and bad, it’s given my dad and I even more conversation to chew on, and I’ve long been grateful for that.

I get to travel a lot, but I’ve never gotten to spend much time in Knoxville. Next Saturday I’ll finally make it to Neyland Stadium for a game. It’s been both educational and nostalgic to assemble this show, and a chance to pay tribute to some of my favorite Vols football players. It’s also a good excuse to take an overdue road trip with my dad. There are some legends missing here and there, and I accepted that possibility from the start. There are many, and I figure that’s a good problem for a football program to have. I didn’t sweat a strict to-do list, but instead went with whatever player happened to inspire or intrigue me at the time the paints were out.

Thanks to my friends Bill Bayne and Julie Belcher for encouraging and enabling this show.

This one’s dedicated to my dad.

-Will Johnson, November 2015

Music is Valuable.

October 25, 2015

There’s no winning the argument between those who want to get paid and those who don’t want to pay. All we can do (the ones who want to get paid) is not allow our goods to be free. If someone wants it they’ll buy it. If they want to steal it, they’ll steal it. They were never going to pay for it anyway. The bottom line… if we create something and there’s demand for it and people enjoy and consume it… IT HAS TO BE PAID FOR. There’s really no other way to sustain this thing we all love. Music is magic; it soothes, it creates memories, it changes lives. It’s worth paying for. If it wasn’t so valuable, why does everyone want it so bad? Why does big tech use music as bait to sell everything else? Watch TV for an hour… music is everywhere. Go to any public gathering place… music is playing. Music is important. Just as important as your data plan, cable tv, $5 coffee drink, $8 craft beer, $10 cigarettes, $50 bag of weed and the $30 ironic t-shirt from the mall. People can afford to buy a lot of music… they just need to shift their priorities. And for the record… unless it’s a band I work for… I paid for every song, cd, lp, and band t-shirt I have. And I pay for all shows I go to. I’m not rich. But I make a budget for stuff I care about. It was easy… I stopped drinking so much. 4 beers per week cost about $20 or $80 per month. That’s enough money to buy 8 albums on iTunes every month. You can buy almost 100 albums a year by drinking 4 beers less per week. I did it. You can do it too.

Thanks for listening and supporting.


The Bottle Rockets new album “South Broadway Athletic Club” has been released. You can get it where fine music is sold…

Pledge Music
Bloodshot Records
Blue Rose Records in Europe

The band hits the road for a bunch of shows. Come out and say hello!

Fri Oct 2 : St Louis MO – Vintage Vinyl – 7pm
Sat Oct 3 : Highland Park IL – w/ Marshall Crenshaw
Tue Oct 6 : Buffalo NY – Sportsmen’s Tavern
Wed Oct 7 : Rochester NY – Abilene Bar and Lounge
Thu Oct 8 : Boston MA – Atwood’s Tavern
Fri Oct 9 : New York NY – Bowery Electric
Sat Oct 10 : Metuchen NJ – Old Franklin Schoolhouse
Sun Oct 11 : Philadelphia PA – MilkBoy
Mon Oct 12 : Washington DC – Gypsy Sally’s
Tue Oct 13 : Carborro NC – Cat’s Cradle
Wed Oct 14 : Charlotte NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Thu Oct 15 : Asheville NC – Grey Eagle
Fri Oct 16 : Knoxville TN – Barley’s Taproom
Sat Oct 17 : Atlanta GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
Fri Nov 20 : Milwaukee WI – Shank Hall
Sat Nov 21 : Chicago IL – The Hideout – EARLY SHOW
Sat Nov 21 : Chicago IL – The Hideout – LATE SHOW
Sat Nov 28 : St. Louis MO – Off Broadway

* October 6-17 is with Mark Olson (of The Jayhawks)

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Will Johnson’s new album “Swan City Vampires” will be released worldwide on September 25. You can pre-order it now and get a download of the entire album instantly.



1. Paradise, Basically
2. You vs. Off The Cuff
3. Nameless, But A Lover
4. Call, Call, Call
5. (Made Us Feel Like) Kings
6. Pulleys
7. It’s a Pretty Fucked Skyline
8. Mulnomah
9. Thug Life Pt. 2
10. The Watchman
11. Chalked Lines/Waxed Sun

Engineered and Mixed by
Britton Beisenherz at Ramble Creek/Austin, TX
John Congleton at Elmwood Recording/Dallas, TX
Mastered by Matt Pence

“Swan City Vampires, the new solo album from former Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson finds him in peak form. At times as beautiful and melodious as he’s ever been, at others with a primal immediacy beyond anything I’ve ever heard him do. Raw and urgent, this album is a thing of immense beauty that only gets better with each repeated listen. This could end up being my favorite album he’s ever made.” – Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)

“Swan City Vampires is another fantastic release from Will Johnson. It’s melancholy, hazy but hopeful. It’s tuneful, complex, and beautiful. At times it seems to me like a fever dream, but with sudden stunning moments of clarity. I’ve been listening to it a lot in the early mornings, but I think it’s also a dusk record, as it’s shadows reveal new things each time. Scary like a vampire, pretty like a swan, buzzing like a city. Will again delights and surprises.” – Craig Finn (The Hold Steady)

“Will Johnson is one of my favorite songwriters on Earth, and this album is as literate and addictive as any of his previous work. These songs are honest and specific while remaining open to multiple layers of interpretation. The melodies are beautiful and memorable, and Will’s voice is a complex and delicate instrument. As a long-time fan, it makes me happy to know that Will is still challenging himself to make music that truly can be called art.” – Jason Isbell

Will is gearing for a very busy fall with a ton of tour dates. Tickets for the first leg of the Living Room Tour on sale now.


8/27 : Denham Springs LA – Living Room Show
8/29 : New Orleans LA – Living Room Show
9/02 : Dallas TX – Living Room Show
9/03 : Fort Worth TX – Living Room Show
9/25 : Austin TX – Waterloo Records
9/26 : Denton TX – Oaktopia Fest
9/28 : Colorado Springs CO – Living Room Show
9/29 : Denver CO – Living Room Show
9/30 : Cheyenne WY – Living Room Show
10/1 : Fort Collins, CO – Living Room Show
10/3 : Boise ID – Living Room Show
10/4 : Seattle WA – Living Room Show
10/5 : Portland OR – TBA
10/6 : Eugene OR – Living Room Show
10/7 : Reno NV – Living Room Show
10/8 : Sacramento CA – Living Room Show
10/9 : San Francisco CA – Living Room Show
10/10 : Petaluma CA – Living Room Show
10/11 : Los Angeles CA – Living Room Show
10/13 : Las Vegas NV – Living Room Show
10/15 : Phoenix AZ – Living Room Show
10/16 : Albuquerque NM – Living Room Show
10/18 : Austin TX – Living Room Show

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Clap Your Say Yeah are celebrating their 10th anniversary with tour dates in USA, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil…

July 17 : Seattle WA @ The Crocodile / SOLD OUT
July 18 : Vancouver BC @ Electric Owl / SOLD OUT
July 19 : Spokane WA @ The Bartlett / SOLD OUT
July 22 : Fargo ND @ The Aquarium / SOLD OUT
July 23 : Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Social Club / SOLD OUT
July 24 : Madison WI @ Majestic Theater  / SOLD OUT
July 25 : Chicago IL @ Lincoln Hall / SOLD OUT
July 26 : Newport, KY @ The Thompson House / SOLD OUT
July 28 : Grand Rapids MI @ Pyramid Scheme / SOLD OUT
July 29 : Toronto ON, Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern / SOLD OUT
July 31 : Allston MA @ Brighton Music Hall / SOLD OUT
August 01 : New York NY @ The Bowery Ballroom / SOLD OUT
August 02 : New York NY @ The Bowery Ballroom / SOLD OUT
August 14 : Aranda De Duero, Spain @ Sonorama Ribera / SOLD OUT
August 16 : Elora ONT @ Riverfest Elora / SOLD OUT
August 22 : Mexico City @ El Plaza Condesa / SOLD OUT
August 23 : Bogota @ Armando Music Hall / SOLD OUT
August 25 : Lima @ Centro De Convenciones Barranco / SOLD OUT
August 26 : Santago @ Ex OZ / SOLD OUT
August 28 : Buenos Aires @ Niceto / SOLD OUT
August 29 : Sao Paulo @ Cine Joia at Popload Gig / SOLD OUT