Centro-matic’s Final Roadtrip

Back in 1995 Will Johnson never thought the band he was putting together would be anyone’s “full time dance partner.” Now, almost 20 years later, he’s announcing Centro-matic’s swan song.

In revealing the trek that begins Dec. 4 in Nashville, Johnson noted that you won’t find many bands that have kept the original lineup intact “over the course of 11 records and nearly two decades.”  The singer / guitarist / songwriter said he had no expectations beyond “putting out Redo The Stacks and maybe getting the band together to play some shows when schedules allowed.”

Now Johnson and his Centro-matic comrades – Matt Pence, Scott Danborn and Mark Hedman –  are hanging up their touring shoes, noting that during the band’s existence there has been very little drama and that each member looks upon the others as family.

“What I do feel certain about is that this tour should be a gathering of friends, old and new, in some venues that have been kind and loyal to us over the years,” Johnson wrote.  “There’ll be some guests here and there to help us ring things out properly.  I don’t think we ever wanted Centro-matic to leave the room silently, or sadly, or hobbled.  This time feels as good a note as ever to go out on and I feel safe in saying that Mark, Matt, Scott and I would like these shows to be a celebration of our work and time together.”

Here are the dates:

Dec. 4 – Nashville, Tenn., Mercy Lounge
Dec. 5 – Athens, Ga., Georgia Theatre
Dec. 6 – Raleigh, N.C., King’s Barcade
Dec. 7 – Washington, D.C., DC9
Dec. 9 – Philadelphia, Pa., Boot & Saddle
Dec. 11 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Rough Trade
Dec. 12 – New York, N.Y., Mercury Lounge
Dec. 13 – Allston, Mass., Great Scott
Dec. 14 – Buffalo, N.Y., Sportsmens Tavern
Dec. 15 – Chicago, Ill., Schubas Tavern
Dec. 16 – St. Louis, Mo., Off Broadway Nightclub
Dec. 18 – Austin, Texas, The Parish
Dec. 19 – Denton, Texas, Dan’s Silverleaf
Dec. 20 – Denton, Texas, Dan’s Silverleaf 

Dead Confederate appears Dec. 5; Elephant Micah Dec. 6-11; Anders Parker and Cloud Badge Dec 12; Roger Bryan and The Orphans Dec. 14; Telegraph Canyon Dec. 15-16 & Dec. 19; Monahans Dec. 18 and Slobberbone Dec. 20.  Visit Centro-matic.com for more information.