Bill Callahan finishes the beer he left at the bar in 2013, gears up to release new album, and marches out on tour

Bill Callahan finishes the beer he left at the bar in 2013, gears up to release new album, and marches out on tour

Hey, listen to this: that guy finally came back to the bar last night. Honest to goodness! The one who left a half-emptied Milwaukee’s Best on the bar back in 2013 back when he’d just released some sort of album. Just walked right on in and started talkin’ to me like he’d never left. And he drank the beer, too! Must have gotten a little musty over the years, but he didn’t seem to mind one bit.

Yeah, we shared a coupla cold ones and he told me he’s got a new record coming out this summer. Heavens to Betsy! Some things never change. Anywhoo this one’s called, now what was it… Oh right, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. Yeah, he’s a funny fella.

Turns out the guy’s gotten married and had a kid since he started sippin’ on that old beer about 6 years back. Can’t believe it’s been that long myself! He stuck around for a bit, we chatted about how the new songs apparently were written in a whole nother kinda head space than his older stuff. Told me I could pre-order the record if I wanted, but that it’d be out in the store downtown on June 14. Yeah, I figure if I’ve waited this long I can keep waitin’! But, you never know.

Anyway, guy said he’s gotta head on out for a big ol’ tour of some kind, goin all around America and Europe. Funny sorta life that must be. Real nice guy though. I must say I’m rather fond of him. Then? Well then he just slipped a few extra bucks onto the bar and walked out, mutterin’ “thank you.”


Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest tracklisting:

01. Shepherd’s Welcome
02. Black Dog on the Beach
03. Angela
04. The Ballad of The Hulk
05. Writing
06. Morning is My Godmother
07. 747
08. Watch Me Get Married
09. Young Icarus
10. Released
11. What Comes After Certainty
12. Confederate Jasmine
13. Call Me Anything
14. Son of the Sea
15. Camels
16. Circles
17. When We Let Go
18. Lonesome Valley
19. Tugboats and Tumbleweeds
20. The Beast

Bill Callahan 2019 tour dates:

06.13.19 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
06.14.19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Lodge Room
06.15.19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Lodge Room
06.17.19 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
06.18.19 - San Francisco, CA - The Castro Theatre
06.19.19 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
06.21.19 - Portland, OR (Early Show) - Wonder Ballroom,
06.21.19 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06.22.19 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
07.05.19 - Lawrence, KS - Lawrence Public Library
07.06.19 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07.07.19 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
07.08.19 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
07.10.19 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
07.11.19 - Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre
07.12.19 - Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall
07.13.19 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
07.14.19 - Washington, DC - Miracle Theatre
07.15.19 - Washington, DC - Miracle Theatre
07.16.19 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
07.17.19 - Atlanta, GA -Terminal West
07.18.19 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
9.29.19 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
10.1.19 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall
10.2.19 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
10.3.19 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
10.5.19 - Paris, FR - La Cigale
10.6.19 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
10.7.19 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
10.8.19 - Berlin, DE - Admiralspalast
10.10.19 - Copenhagen, DK - Store Vega
10.11.19 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller Music Hall
10.12.19 - Stockholm, SE - Göta Lejon
10.13.19 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik

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