New album “Wire Mountain” Out September 27, 2019

Will Johnson’s 6th solo album Wire Mountain will be released via Keeled Scales on September 27, 2019. Available on bone-colored or classic black vinyl and on CD in an eco-digipak. Features Britton Beisenherz, Jon Dee Graham, Thor Harris, and Little Mazarn.

Preorder the album HERE.
You can hear the first single “Cornelius” HERE

Go see Will on tour supporting Bob Mould in September. Tickets on sale Friday, June 14 at 10am.

9/11 : Cleveland OH @ Music Box
9/12 : Ann Arbor MI @ The Ark
9/13 : Indianapolis IN @ Hi-Fi Indy
9/17 : Louisville KY @ Headliners
9/18 : Nashville TN @ City Winery
9/20 : Birmingham AL @ Saturn
9/21 : Atlanta GA @ City Winery
9/22 : Asheville NC @ The Grey Eagle
9/24 : Carrboro NC @ Arts Center
9/25 : Richmond VA @ The Broadberry
9/26 : Washington DC @ City Winery
9/27 : Annapolis MD @ Rams Head on Stage

More news soon!

Spring 2019 Dispatch/Little Deli and Pizzeria – Austin, TX

SXSW 2019.
This thrum and curl of February allergies (again) reigns with the force of a month-long Golden Corral surf/turf festival, and it can still hear me saying I will never break the chain. Playing a show at South By Southwest for the first time in about 71 years; the Keeled Scales showcase on Friday March 15th at The Townsend. Little Mazarn will join me for some songs that night, and I look forward to the noise we’ll make together.

4/2 – Dallas/Granada Theater w/ Bob Mould
4/3 – Austin/Mohawk w/ Bob Mould
4/4 – Oklahoma City, OK/Living Room Show
4/5 – Tulsa, OK/Living Room Show
4/6 – Springfield, MO/Living Room Show
4/7 – Columbia, MO/Living Room Show
4/8 – Omaha, NE/Living Room Show
4/9 – Charles City, IA/Living Room Show
4/10 – Minneapolis, MN/Living Room Show
4/12 – Chicago, IL/Living Room Show
4/13 – Indianapolis, IN/Living Room Show
4/14 – Bloomington, IN/Living Room Show
4/15 – Nashville, TN/Living Room Show
4/16 – Florence, AL/Living Room Show
4/17 – Atlanta, GA/Living Room Show
4/18 – Waverly, AL/Living Room Show
4/19 – Columbus, MS/Living Room Show
4/20 – Water Valley, MS/Living Room Show

With exception of the Bob Mould shows, all tickets are avail. through and are on sale now.

A new LP titled Wire Mountain, will be released via Keeled Scales in September, with full touring to follow. My friends Britton Beisenherz, Lindsey Verrill, Thor Harris and Jon Dee Graham played on it, and Matthew Genitempo’s great photography will again be a crucial component. Meantime.. working toward some art shows, changing diapers, reading with my kids, and I’ll have new large scale Houston Astros (stars of 2017) prints on the upcoming tours and avail. online soon. To the spring winds, onward, and maybe see you down the road.

-Will J.

HOSTS NEEDED: Living Room Shows April 2019

We’re looking for people to host Will Johnson Living Room Shows in April. Do you have big living room, loft space, community space, art gallery, yoga studio, recording studio, coffee shop or other space where we can do a private show that can comfortably and safely host 35-50 people? If so, please read everything below and get in touch if you live in or near these areas and want to host. Will would love to play a show at your place! 

4/4 : Oklahoma City OK
4/5 : Tulsa OK
4/6 : Fayetteville AR
4/7 : Springfield or St. Louis MO
4/8 : Kansas City or Omaha NE
4/9 : Charles City IA or Sioux Falls SD
4/10 : Minneapolis MN
4/11 : Madison WI
4/12 : Chicago IL
4/13 : Bloomington or Indianapolis IN
4/14 : OFF
4/15 : Nashville TN
4/16 : Atlanta GA
4/17 : Athens or Huntsville, AL
4/18 : Waverly AL – HOST CONFIRMED
4/19 : Memphis TN or Oxford MS

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for about three hours and in return you’ll get 5 free tickets for your friends and our eternal gratitude.


Maris / Lepanto September Living Room Tour in Western States!


Marie/Lepanto is Will Johnson + Justin Kinkel-Schuster. We’re very excited to hit the road for a big tour of the western states in September. These shows are hosted in private spaces. No stage, no sound system and each show is limited to 40-50 people. All tickets must be purchased in advance from our friends at Undertow. You’ll get the full address to the secret location once your purchase is complete.


September 09 : Marfa TX
September 11 : Phoenix AZ
September 12 : Los Angeles CA
September 13 : San Francisco CA
September 14 : Petaluma CA
September 15 : Reno NV
September 17 : Eugene OR
September 18 : Portland OR
September 19 : Seattle WA
September 20 : Walla Walla WA
September 21 : Boise ID
September 22 : Ogden UT
September 24 : Ft Collins CO
September 25 : Denver CO
September 26 : Albuquerque NM
September 28 : Dallas TX
September 29 : Austin TX

We’ll see you out there.
Will & Justin

Marie / Lepanto Tour Dates In April

We’re excited to get back out on tour in April. Come out and say hello.

April 05 : Springfield MO – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 06 : Omaha NE – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 07 : Sioux Falls SD – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 08 : Minneapolis MN – Turf Club – TICKETS
April 09 : Madison WI – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 10 : Milwaukee WI – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 11 : Davenport IA – Racoon Motel – TICKETS
April 12 : Chicago – Schuba’s – TICKETS
April 13 : Detroit MI – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 14 : Ft. Wayne IN – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 17 : New York NY – Mercury Lounge – TICKETS
April 18 : Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s – TICKETS
April 19 : Baltimore MD – Living Room Show – SOLD OUT
April 20 : Washington DC – DC9 – TICKETS
April 21 : Richmond VA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 22 : Brevard NC – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 23 : Athens GA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
April 24 : Waverly AL – Standard Deluxe – TICKETS
April 25 : Mobile AL – Satori – INFO
April 26 : Oxford MS – Living Room Show – TICKETS

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January 26, 2018 – Austin, TX. Cheko’s Mexican Food Restaurant.

On February 18, 2016, my friend Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster and I had a show in Memphis. We were nearing the end of a tour together, got to town early and decided to stop in at Sam Phillips Recording to see our mutual friend Jeff Powell. Jeff helped produce Centro-matic’s Fort Recovery LP back in 2005, and was soon to mix Pete’s full length LP, Constant Stranger. He’d recently moved his vinyl cutting service to Phillips, was starting to engineer sessions on the premises, and gave us the full tour that afternoon. The space and studio was functioning again after years of inactivity, though much was still in place as far as gear, fixtures, furniture and artifacts go. There were roughed up master tapes along the shelves with labels reading: John Prine, Etta James, Martin Luther King, The Bar-Kays, and Sleepy John Estes, and the small bar area upstairs looked as if it might’ve hosted a gathering only a night or two before. Old phone books, magazines and long-obsolete office equipment lay in boxes upstairs, and the place smelled spooky, worn, and wonderful. Cash, Orbison, Prine, Dylan, Booker T., The Yardbirds, Levon Helm, and many other greats had recorded there, and it was easy to feel overwhelmed by the building’s history. Before we exited the live room, Jeff pointed up to the (session-stopping) bullet hole in the ceiling that Roland Janes had put there late one night many years ago. Somewhere feathered into our farewells, it was suggested that we should stop in and do some recording. As the conversations continued with Pete over the remainder of the tour, it became a clear no-brainer. You write a few. I’ll write a few. We’ll meet back in Memphis in six or seven months.

We reconvened in September with Powell at the helm, tracking ten songs over four days. We tried to be the best backing musicians we could be for each other, relentlessly ingesting as much Cozy Corner barbecue and Gus’ Fried Chicken that time would allow for. We circled back for a couple of overdubs and final mixing with our friend Clay Jones a few months later. We decided on the name Marie/Lepanto for geographical reasons relating to our respective birthplaces and home territories.

With many thanks to Bruce, Graham, and all at Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, our record comes out today. Thanks also to Bob and everyone at Undertow, Nick Loss-Eaton, Jeff Powell, Clay Jones, Angela Backstrom, Christian Helms and all at Helms Workshop for helping make this record go. We’re happy it’s in the world.

Direct from Undertow:
Everywhere else:

We’ll do the first leg of Marie/Lepanto touring as support for our friends Pedro The Lion. It means a lot to get to ride the roads with them for a few weeks, and we’re grateful to be invited. More dates for April and later in 2018 will be announced soon.

Feb. 8 – St. Louis, MO / Old Rock House
Feb. 9 – Kansas City, MO / Record Bar
Feb. 10 – Tulsa, OK / The Vanguard
Feb. 11 – Fayetteville, AR / Living Room Show*
Feb. 12 – Dallas, TX / Trees
Feb. 13 – Austin, TX / Waterloo Records In-store at 5pm*
Feb. 13 – Austin, TX / Mohawk
Feb. 14 – Houston, TX / Rockefeller’s
Feb. 15 – Baton Rouge, LA / Living Room Show*
Feb. 16 – New Orleans, LA / One-Eyed Jack’s
Feb. 17 – Birmingham, AL / Saturn
Feb. 18 – Gainesville, FL / High Dive
Feb. 19 – Orlando, FL / The Social
Feb. 21 – Carrboro, NC / Cat’s Cradle
Feb. 22 – Atlanta, GA / Terminal West
Feb. 23 – Nashville, TN / Exit/In

*Marie/Lepanto only.

Tickets links for all shows available at

Thank you. -Will J.

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Marie/Lepanto Album + Tour!

Hello, friends.. excited to tell you about a new project with Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster called Marie/Lepanto. Our first album”Tenkiller” will be out on 01.26.18 through the kind folks at Big Legal Mess Records. We’ll be headed out on tour in February with Pedro The Lion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am (ET) at

February 8 : St Louis MO – Old Rock House
February 9 : Kansas City MO – Record Bar
February 10 : Tulsa OK – The Vanguard
February 12 : Dallas TX – Trees
February 13 : Austin TX – Mohawk
February 14 : Houston TX – Rockefeller’s
February 16 : New Orleans – LA One Eyed Jacks
February 17 : Birmingham AL – Saturn
February 18 : Gainesville FL – High Dive
February 19 : Orlando FL – The Social
February 21 : Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle
February 22 : Atlanta GA – Terminal West
February 23 : Nashville TN – Exit/In

More news to come!

Living Room Tour / October + November 2017

Living Room Tour! All acoustic, no PA, early nights, songs and possibly uncomfortable stories in living rooms, art spaces and workshops. I’ll have plenty of vinyl and art prints in tow. Post up what songs you’re interested in hearing on Twitter or Facebook and I’ll see if I can dust them off proper for the respective show. Should state upfront that sometimes this works out, and sometimes it tanks entirely. What I’m saying is I’ll try.


Thu Oct 26 : Austin TX – SOLD OUT
FRI Oct 27 : San Antonio TX
MON Oct 30 : Fayetteville AR
WED Nov 1 : Tulsa OK
THU Nov 2 : Oklahoma City OK
FRI Nov 3 : Dallas TX
SAT Nov 4 : Keller TX – SOLD OUT

SAT Dec 9 : Sealy TX
This show will be a benefit with all proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank.

See you soon!