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Marie/Lepanto Tour Dates

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 Jack’s
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

A Pairing Made in Southern Indie Rock Heaven

Today, The Bitter Southerner is proud to give you a first listen of a new album by a new pairing — Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster of Mississippi's Water Liars and Will Johnson, leader of the late, great Centro-Matic of Denton, Texas.  

Their name of their collaboration comes from an exit sign along Interstate 55 in Arkansas that says, "Marie/Lepanto." That exit sits about halfway between where Kinkel-Schuster grew up in Arkansas and Johnson's childhood home in Missouri. Alternating between the lo-fi folk of Kinkel-Schuster's recent solo work and a distorted indie rock that recalls Johnson's work in Centro-Matic, this debut album, "Tenkiller" finds their two voices shadowing one another, with Johnson’s battered vocals and Kinkel-Schuster’s wavering tenor complementing one another. 

Long mutual admirers, Johnson and Kinkel-Schuster co-headlined a house-concert tour, then decided to record together after they toured Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis with producer Jeff Powell (Big Star, The Afghan Whigs). Memphis was the nearest big city for both artists when they were growing up.

Johnson has 17 albums in his two-decade muscial career, including as frontman of Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel, a member of New Multitudes (with Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Jim James of My Morning Jacket), as Molina and Johnson (with Jason Molina), as an official member of the Monsters of Folk (with James, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and M. Ward), among others. Kinkel-Schuster’s 2016 solo album, "Constant Stranger," landed at No. 18 on our list of the Best Southern Albums for that, in addition to winning broader critical praise.

"Tenkiller" is the perfect record for a long-drive on a two-lane. The record's official release date is tomorrow. Grab your copy here.