Baptist Girls is officially in stores today! Please, please, please go down to your local record shop and pick it up or tell them to order it if they haven’t. There are a number of awesome stores who will definitely have it in stock and in their listening stations soon so you should definitely hit up these cool stores like Birdland in Virginia Beach, CD Central in Lexington KY, Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, Landlocked in Bloomington IN, Criminal in Atlanta, End of An Ear in Austin, Grimey’s in Nashville, or even M-Theory in San Diego. There are lots more where that came from, but the message is go out and pick it up from your record store if you can. If they don’t have it, they can easily order it.
Definitely go pick one up at a local record store, but if for some reason you don’t like having beautiful things in your hands, you can still score some super high-quality digital files on the XRA Bandcamp! Also, you can, of course, still get it at the XRA Webstore.
I will talk more about my thoughts on the record in a second, but wanted to share some tour dates with you! Do you like tour dates? ‘Cause I’ve got them. Tell a friend, tell a frenemy, tell a family member, tell a shut-in. I’m coming your way if you life in the Midwest and I can’t wait to see everyone!
(This list will be updated often so keep checking out the tour page!)
Feb. 17th | Bloomington, IN @ In-store @ Landlocked w/ Lydia Loveless
Feb. 17th | Bloomington, IN @ Record Release Show at Russian Recording w/ Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
Feb. 18th | Muncie, IN @ Village Green Records w/ State Park
Feb. 19th | South Bend, IN @ Quincy’s w/ John Davey
Feb. 20th | Grand Rapids, MI @ 815 Watson St SE w/ Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me), Nathan K (limited seating! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a spot on the guest list)
Feb. 21st | Lansing, MI @ tba w/ Nathan K
Feb. 22nd | Kalamazoo, MI @ No Fun House w/ Glowfriends
Feb. 23rd | Ypsilanti, MI @ Woodruff’s w/ Gun Lake
Feb. 24th | Toledo, OH @ In-store @ Culture Clash
Feb. 25th | Indianapolis, IN @ tba
Feb. 26th | Nashville, TN @ The Dirks’ House w/ Seth Wood
Feb. 27th | St. Louis, MO @ The Heavy Anchor
Feb. 28th | Bowling Green, KY @ tba
March 1st | Springfield, IL @ tba
March 2nd | Peoria, IL @ 2020 House
March 4th | Milwaukee, WI @ Linneman’s w/ Golden Coins, Jay Flash
March 5th | Minneapolis, MN @ tba w/ Kalispell
March 6th | Eau Claire, WI @ The Mouse Trap w/ Kalispell
March 8th | Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR w/ Molly Sullivan
March 11th | Louisville, KY @ tba
March 13th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 14th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 15th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 16th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 17th | Austin, TX @ SXSW
Now for some thoughts on the record:
I almost can’t believe it. I started recording Baptist Girls back in September of 2009 with Mike Adams and Adam Jessup in Warsaw, IN in a converted chicken barn. I’m not quite sure what happened between then and now, but apparently I did enough to have this record come out. It’s Release Day! I’m really like a proud Dad over here. I can’t begin to tell you how nice it is to not have to tell you that my full-length will be out soon. I’ve been saying that since the first BS tour in ’09. I wasn’t lying or trying to sound cooler than I am (which is totally not cool), but I really thought it was so close that whole time.
I have found out recently that I’m pretty badly mistaken when it comes to a lot of big things. It has taken me over 2 years to make Baptist Girls a reality and those 2+ years have been some of the weirdest, hardest, depressing, and fun times in my life. I have met so many good and kind people over the last few years who have been so incredibly supportive of me (and my music) and I definitely don’t deserve having such great friends.
If Mike and Adam weren’t so great at recording, the record wouldn’t sound good. If Dave wasn’t so good at laying out artwork and fixing up old photos, then the record wouldn’t look cool. If Laura wasn’t a really incredible artist with a delicate sensibility and eye for capturing powerful moments then there wouldn’t be an awesome comic book coming your way. If Cheyenne and Dixon weren’t really profound musicians and masters of their craft, the record wouldn’t be as colored as it is. If my dear friends Sean and Brittanie didn’t let me sleep in their upstairs for free for countless weeks I would have spent a lot of nights sleeping in my car. If an almost innumerable number of folks wouldn’t have given a chance to some guy they didn’t know and booked a show for Bro. Stephen, I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am right now (which is a really healthy and exciting place). I’m not trying to be super sappy, but I really have been blessed with the people around me and it’s ever so evident when a lot of people’s hard work makes it possible for me to create a record that is really meaningful to me and very much the record I always wanted to make. Thanks for making it possible guys.