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I’m stoked to have had the joyous honor of joining Ben Kweller and his band on electric guitars and keyboards for his ACL Festival sets, and dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his memorable, magical album, Sha Sha. It’s been a pleasure to share the stage with rhythm section extraordinaire Ryan Dean and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, not to mention the otherworldly addition of Heartbreaker Mike Campbell sitting in on a couple songs with us in LA, along with Alex Greenwald and Jason Schwartzman from Phantom Planet joining us to play “California”. A dream of a night!


10/7 Austin TX - Ben Kweller @ ACL

10/14 Austin TX - Ben Kweller @ ACL

11/4 Los Angeles CA - Ben Kweller @ Teragram

11/10 Minneapolis MN - Ben Kweller @ Fine Line

11/11 Chicago IL - Ben Kweller @ Lincoln Hall

11/18 New York - Ben Kweller @ Racket NYC

11/19 New York - Ben Kweller @ Racket NYC


Thank you to everyone who came out and lent an ear on last month's quick run into the foothills of the Ozarks and the Thirty-Five Corridor. It was a joy to play some solo shows, and to see you all.


As always, thanks for listening. I look forward to seeing you along the way.


John



For the month of September only, I'm excited to share with you a deep dive into the creation process for Familiar Ground and Tourist. Different Lens: Rarities and Demos, 2019-2022, is available now, via Bandcamp.


A compiled collection from the digital and analog archives, Different Lens contains a selection of the countless demos, b-sides, alternate takes, and sketches created during the years 2019-2022. Written and recorded across the American southwest, Sierra Nevada, Oklahoma, California, and Texas, each track is a brief travelogue that takes from the geography and the itinerant state of mind I found myself in.


Many of these songs became the roadmap that lead me to craft Familiar Ground and Tourist, two records that have boundless concepts and motifs in common with each other, not to mention they were captured and finished as I was in motion between places more often than not. If you listen close, you can hear the songs taking shape and their first steps as I stumbled through the dark and the southwest, towards the coast.


After 9 months of vocal rest, surgery and convalescence, this month has also seen me cleared to sing once again, without worry. I'll be celebrating with a handful of shows this fall, and on into January where I'll be journeying to Europe with Wild Child. Dates are below, more to come.


As always, thank you for listening. I hope you'll check out Different Lens, and I hope to see you out there somewhere!


John



2023

9/16 Petaluma CA - House Show

9/22 Reno NV - 7th Street Station

10/19 Little Rock AR - White Water Tavern (Isaac Alexander opening)

10/20 Bentonville AR - Bloodbuzz House Show

10/21 Oklahoma City OK - House Show

10/26 Tuscaloosa AL - Druid City Brewing Company

10/27 New Orleans LA - Chickie Wah Wah (supporting Andrew Duhon)


2024

1/12 Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (supporting Wild Child)

1/17 Dublin IRELAND - The Grand Social (supporting Wild Child)

1/18 Belfast UK - The Deer's Head (supporting Wild Child)

1/20 Manchester UK - The Deaf Institute (supporting Wild Child)

1/21 London UK - Oslo Hackney (supporting Wild Child)

1/24 Berlin GERMANY - Privatclub (supporting Wild Child)

1/26 Rotterdam NETHERLANDS - Rotown (supporting Wild Child)

1/28 Groningen NETHERLANDS - Der-Aa Theater (supporting Wild Child)



Strung high and tuned low, my backpack reassembled, this spring and summer I am back on the stone ribbons of US interstate with my guitars, riffing for the incendiary Wild Child for the The End of the World Tour.
4/13 Cambridge MA - The Sinclair
4/14 New York NY - Racket
4/15 Washington DC - 9:30 Club
4/16 Philadelphia PA - Underground Arts
4/18 Asheville NC - The Grey Eagle
4/19 Atlanta GA - Vinyl
4/20 Nashville TN - Blue Room @ Third Man
4/22 Chicago IL - Thalia Hall
4/23 Minneapolis MN - Fine Line
5/5 Austin TX - Emo's
5/6 Fort Worth TX - Tulips
5/9 Santa Fe NM - Meow Wolf
5/11 Denver CO - Bluebird
5/12 Denver CO - Bluebird
5/13 Fort Collins CO - The Aggie
5/14 Aspen CO - Belly Up
5/16 Boise ID - The Olympic
5/18 Portland OR - Mississippi Studios
5/19 Portland OR - Mississippi Studios
5/20 Seattle WA - The Croc
5/21 Eugene OR - WOW Hall
6/20 Salt Lake City UT - The State Room
6/22 Reno NV - Cypress
6/23 Sacramento CA - Cesar Chavez Plaza
6/24 Santa Barbara CA - Soho Music Club
6/25 San Luis Obispo CA - Live Oak Music Festival
8/9 Phoenix AZ - Crescent Ballroom
8/10 Solana Beach CA - Belly Up
8/11 Los Angeles CA - Regent Theatre
8/13 San Francisco CA - Outside Lands

Come witness the mystery and history.

John
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