New Release & Tour: Bill Callahan – Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest

Bill Callahan has announced details of his first record since 2013, Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest, released June 14th

After Dream River, Bill’s life went through some changes. Good changes – marriage and a kid – but afterwards, it was suddenly harder for him to find the place where the songs came, to make him and these new experiences over again into something to sing. His songs have always been elusive, landing lightly between character study and autobiography, as the singer-songwriter often does. This felt different, though. After 20 years of putting music first, he wasn’t prepared to go away from it completely. Or perhaps, after all the time, the obvious needs to be made just a little more explicit?

First, it’s a different kind of record. Bill’s now writing from somewhere beyond his Eagle-Apocalypse-River headspace, and Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest is very much its own beast. The songs are, by and large, shorter, and there are more of them. It took almost all of the previous three albums to add up to that many. Plus, twenty’s a lot of songs! But again, it goes a lot deeper than that


  1. Shepherd’s Welcome
  2. Black Dog on the Beach
  3. Angela
  4. The Ballad of The Hulk
  5. Writing
  6. Morning is My Godmother
  7. 747
  8. Watch Me Get Married
  9. 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 also heads out on tour later this year…

13/6/19 – Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA
14/6/19 – The Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
15/6/19 – The Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
17/6/19 – Henry Miller Library, Big Sur CA
18/6/19 – The Castro Theeatre, San Francisco CA
19/6/19 – Gundlach-Bundschu Winery, Sonoma CA
21/6/19 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR (Early Show)
21/6/19 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
22/6/19 – Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
5/7/19 – Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence KS
6/7/19 – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
7/7/19 – Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
8/7/19 – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit MI
10/7/19 – The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
11/7/19 – Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn NY
12/7/19 – White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
13/7/19 – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA
14/7/19 – Miracle Theatre, Washington DC
15/7/19 – Miracle Theatre, Washington DC
16/7/19 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
17/7/19 – Terminal West, Atlanta GA
18/7/19 – Proud Larry’s, Oxford MS
29/9/19 – Vicar Street, Dublin IE
1/10/19 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
2/10/19 – Albert Hall, Manchester UK
3/10/19 – Eventim Apollo, London UK
5/10/19 – La Cigale, Paris FR
6/10/19 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
7/10/19 – TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht NL
8/10/19 – Admiralspalast, Berlin DE
10/10/19 – Store Vega, Copenhagen DK
11/10/19 – Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo NO
12/10/19 – Göta Lejon, Stockholm SE
13/10/19 – Pustervik, Gothenburg SE


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