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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Many Facets of Will Johnson

No time to shave

Whilst chatting and having a beer with Adam Reichmann of Nadine in the Clyde Bar in Helensburgh, as you do, we got round to asking him to recommend some music he was into.
Centro-matic was the reply and shortly after that my pal Goggs and I took in a couple of gigs by them at SXSW and very good they were too.
They are from Denton, Texas and the head honcho is Will Johnson who is a pretty prolific artist.

As well as Centro-matic he had another band South San Gabriel on the go at the same time.
He had previously played with a band called Funland and subsequently released a record with Jason Molina.
Throw the Undertow Orchestra, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes and Overseas into the equation and you can see that he has been a busy boy.
Not too busy, however, to record a couple of solo albums including Vultures Await  which includes one of the tracks featured below.
As if that wasn't enough Sheryl Crow used to be his babysitter

These are for Goggs the founder and indeed sole member of The Thai and Kazakh Will Johnson Appreciation Society

Centro-matic - Ninety Secretaries Down

South San Gabriel -Evangeline

Will Johnson - Just to Know What You've Been Dreaming


  1. It's uncanny how you often come up with bands that, whilst relatively unknown, I love to death. So it is again with Centro-Matic. Check out (you really must) Strategy Room, Flashes and Cables and my absolute favourite Gas Blowin Out Of Our Eyes. There are others of course. Thanks for reminding me.

    1. Cheers Spence.Glad you enjoyed it.I am familiar with Flashes and Cables.I will liaise with my resident expert Goggs re the others!