Centro-matic to the rescue: The Denton band raises funds for Texas fire victims

Centro-matic's efforts go way beyond charity. The band has had a personal connection with both the people and the land destroyed by the fire. "Bastrop and its surrounding piney woods has inspired the last few years of our songwriting and the releases that have followed," frontman Will Johnson said in his dispatch today. "Every ounce of Candidate Waltz was written out there."

To learn more about, their efforts, click here. In addition, Johnson (known to friends and fans as a baseball enthusiast) will also auction off two original paintings of Dave Kingman and Richie Hebner starting Sunday. The auction will be up and running for a week, ending Sunday Sept. 18. All details on the paintings will be included once the auction begins. 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to help victims of the fire.

The fire in Bastrop County is the most devastating in Texas in more than a decade, but it is just one of more than 180 fires of the past week across the state, all fueled by a yearlong drought.

Under-the-radar music enthusiasts who've seen or gotten to the pleasure to meet Will Johnson and his bandmates in Centro-matic/South San Gabriel have been moved the band's rootsy but intensely nuanced rock. The Texas gents are known for being stand-up guys — as generous in spirit as they are versatile musicians.

So it comes as no surprise, but is touching nonetheless, to learn that the Denton band is helping out neighbors and loved ones of the band affected by the state's massive fire in Bastrup County. Centro-matic aims to raise funds for victims of the fire that has spanned more than 30,000 acres and destroyed more than 500 homes.

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