Rocker’s Baseball Art Helps Texas Fire Victims
Well-known indie rock artist, Will Johnson, has many passions: making music, creating art and the game of baseball. You could also say he loves Texas. As the Lone Star State experiences one of the worst droughts in its history, wildfires plague many Texans. For example, in Bastrop County, located in the central part of the state, a single blaze spans over 35,000 acres and has destroyed over 700 homes. It's still not fully contained.
As a touring musician, Johnson has a network of friends across the state, some of whom have been directly affected by these fires. Johnson is actively raising funds to help victims in Bastrop County, both through his music and his baseball-themed paintings.
The artist currently has two art pieces listed on eBay to support those affected by the blazes. One of the paintings is of former Met Dave Kingman and the other features Richie Hebner from the Pirates. In addition to these pieces, Johnson also donated all of his music sales from September 10th and 11th to help fire victims.
In addition to several solo projects, Johnson is the front man for the popular indie bands Centro-matic and South San Gabriel. He credits the piney woods of central Texas for a lot of the his musical inspiration, especially his album "The Little Raider."
Johnson's visual works focus on baseball figures, such as Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige. Some of his paintings are done to pay tribute to influential players like Roberto Clemente or Moses Fleetwood Walker. Others are rooted in his attempt to tell player stories casual baseball fans may be unaware of, as with the case of Dock Ellis and J.R. Richard.
Spending his childhood and playing Little League baseball in the small town of Kennett, Missouri, Johnson credits the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals for fueling his passion for the game. Like many of us, Johnson remembers playing as a kid in empty lots or even in the middle of the street until twilight could no longer make the ball visible.
Both the Kingman and Hebner auctions end this Sunday. The proceeds will go directly to local Texas fire victims.
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