People came from all over the world came to perform and be a part of the SXSW festivities in Austin, Texas this year.
Coming off the release of "New Multitudes," their Woody Guthrie tribute album with Jay Farrar and Yim Yames, Will Johnson and Anders Parker had played casual but tight sets in living rooms and alternative spaces without P.A. systems for seventeen straight nights before Saturday's performance to a small but dedicated audience at Off Broadway.
Will Johnson's never been stingy with his art. From his work with Centro-matic, South San Gabriel and Monsters of Folk, to producing and playing on albums by other artists, to painting portraits of baseball players, "prolific" barely describes the Missouri-born artist.
In the eight years since his last solo release, Will Johnson, leader of Centro-matic, has been far from idle. "Scorpion" is the sound of a prolific songwriter digging deep inside for more.
Whether he realizes it or not, Jay Farrar, much like the afternoon sunlight in fall, casts a long shadow over the St. Louis music scene.
Climbing up the KDHX charts is the latest release from Centro-Matic, Candidate Waltz. This stellar album showcases the band's genre-splitting talent.
Centro-matic's lo-fi alt-country spans emotions quiet and loud. At the center of that sound is Will Johnson, the somewhat accidental lead vocalist for the Texas quartet.
In the time since Centro-matic's last record, 2008's Dual Hawks, lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Will Johnson has been as busy as ever. The band itself has kept a relatively low profile while Johnson has diffused his energy across several other projects.
With fuzzy-sounding guitar distortion and intricate vocal harmonies, Centro-matic epitomizes the reasons one should not "Mess with Texas." Singer Will Johnson brought his solo version of the band's sound to the KDHX studios.