Massive wildfire wreaks havoc in Texas, nailing Will
Johnson’s home county particularly hard.
By Blurt Staff
This just in from Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson. It speaks for itself so we are
reproducing it in full…
Centro-matic Dispatch – September 6,
I write to you
all with a pretty heavy heart this afternoon. On the flight home from New Orleans yesterday, I
saw a massive portion of my former home county on fire. I got word of all this
after our show on Sunday night, and waited ’til morning to make some calls. I
spoke to a friend and former neighbor before I got on the plane to make sure
he, his wife and dogs were okay. He told me that the fire came through faster
than they could have imagined on Sunday afternoon. They had just enough time to
get the dogs into their small car, shut the front door to the house that they’d
put years of love, work, and care into, and say goodbye. They lost everything
minutes later to a fire that presently spans over 30,000 acres, and has
destroyed more than 500 homes. Resources are stretched thin out there. As I
write this, the fire is still 0% contained.
story is one of many here in Central Texas
right now, but it sure hits hard. It comes from a community that I lived in for
a good while, and still have immeasurable love for. Bastrop and its surrounding piney woods has
inspired the last few years of our songwriting and the releases that have
followed. Every ounce of Candidate Waltz was written out there. The Little Raider EP that I released earlier in the year is as close as I could get to out and
out writing a love note to that area’s beauty, inhabitants, and uniqueness.
Our band has
decided we’d like to help out in a few ways.
We will donate
all Centro-matic/South San Gabriel/Will
J sales from the Undertow Store on Saturday Sept. 10th and Sunday Sept. 11th to
help victims of this fire. It’s a good time to pick up a release (or releases)
you may not have, need to replace, or pass along to a friend.
I will also
auction off two original baseball paintings (Dave Kingman and Richie Hebner)
starting Sunday. The auction will be up and running for a week, ending Sunday
Sept. 18th. All details on the paintings will be included once the auction
100% of the
proceeds will go directly to help victims of this fire get their lives back on
reading and considering.