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Alt-Country outfit, Centro-matic, hails from Denton, Texas and coalesced in the '90s as a side project of singer-songwriter and guitarist Will Johnson.

They soon grew from a few singles a year to recording 20 albums in just 14 years. Also comprised of Matt Pence (drums and percussion), Scott Danborn (piano, violin, bass), and Mark Hedman (bass, guitar), Centro-matic has built a solid reputation for playful yet masterful country-based rock. Full of Johnson's quick wit and pop influences, Centro-matic's catalogue exudes boundless energy but also emotional restraint when necessary.

Their latest, "Candidate Waltz," came out just this past June, and if possible, it's even more powerful than previous releases. Perhaps it's because Centro-matic is just coming off a five-year holdout from releasing, or perhaps it is because passion can grow with age. Either way, "Candidate Waltz" is passionate and full of sing-along harmonies. Johnson's raspy vocals and the indie atmosphere in this 20th release combine to make "Candidate Waltz" something of a sing-along record--it can get stuck in your head, but you don't want it out.

Listen to the band talk about the transformation of the group from just a side project to a band and the independent work of the group, including live versions of songs from their new CD.


Set List:
AGAINST THE LINE                         
ALL THE TALKERS                            
FLASHES AND CABLES                  

Recent Release: Candidate Waltz   
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Label: Undertow Music Collective
Band Origin: Denton, Texas