Archived News Items
November 16, 2006
Today brings a bit of bad news from Unwed Sailor's fall booking agent:
"I'm very sorry to say this, but due to personal circumstances beyond anyone's control Unwed Sailor has been forced to cancel their entire tour. The reasons are far complicated and I don't even know half of it, but certain members of the band were at the last minute unable to be a part of this tour. Due to loss of these members, there is absolutely no way Johnathon or the rest of the guys can continue this tour.
There is nothing Johnathon and the rest of the guys wanted more than to be out there playing these shows. We were expecting these to be some of the best shows to date as the band just finished successful tours with Murder By Death, Appleseed Cast and MeWithoutYou. The response to this tour so far has been amazing and the amount of press and promotion that went into the tour by the band, their label, you guys has been very strong.
The band promises to move on and get back on their feet as soon as possible and re-schedule these dates in the next couple of months.
Thank you very much for understanding."
October 28, 2006
The White Ox has officially been released! Of course, what that means is that you can now take home your very own ox from the Unwed Sailor cattle farm, conveniently accessible through the clever guise of an online band merchandise store, right here. Take home a beautiful, plump white ox today, and while you're at it, take a look at the new tour dates! Also, if you're interested in helping promote one of the fall/winter shows on the upcoming touring stint, please contact Johnathon, and he'll get you some promotional materials, along with a free ticket to the show in exchange for your help!
September 19, 2006
Greetings, dear followers of the still-happily-Unwed Sailor. If you'll notice, below, four out of the past five news updates have been made to announce new tour dates. So, to further keep you on the edge of your seats with this site's relentless spontaneity, I am happy to announce another round of new and revised dates! We are setting new standards for all other bands on earth. You think your band tours a lot? Well, good sir or ma'am, whichever you may be, you must be living in some sort of alternate reality, where petty things like "sanity" and "rest" exist. So be proud, my minions. We are followers of a winning team!...or something really great and inspiring like that. Now go look at the dates.
August 22, 2006
Another brief tidbit of news: The Marionette and the Music Box LP has officially sold out, which is good in that they sold like the dickens, and yet saddening because any of you who wants it now is simply a lost soul in search of a resting place which no longer exists. However, you can still purchase the album in the magnificent hardbound book & CD format in the online store, right here, so there's really no need to mourn for long.
August 21, 2006
Those of you who have taken a glance at the tour section lately may be wondering, "Hey, what's with that giant hole at the beginning of September? I thought Unwed Sailor was an unstoppable touring beast, and yet there's no dates for, like, three weeks!" Well, fear not, my friends. Never ones in favor of silly things like "rest" and "food," the band has now filled part of that gap with a handful of dates with The Appleseed Cast and the frighteningly-titled Murder By Death. Go look for yourself.
August 14, 2006
A quick note to all of you who are hoping to see Unwed Sailor on tour: There are a slew of new and updated dates in the Tour sector. Read, consider and plot your journey to the venue nearest you.
July 17, 2006
The Unwed Sailor tour is already well underway, and now even more tour dates have been announced, including a good amount in the western U.S. Click here to see them. Also, the second Unwed Sailor disc to be released this year, The White Ox will be set free from its cruel bonds on October 17th. You will then be able to rescue and adopt it through use of your credit card in the online store. After the Ox-loosing, Unwed Sailor will then embark on yet another tour, slated to envelop most of the United States in November/December. It's truly maddening. Check back next week for more new dates.
June 10, 2006
Unwed Sailor is now preparing for a summer tour with Me Without You, which will take them all around the midwest throughout June and July. After that, Mr. Ford and his troupe of musical wretches will trek around the western United States, until they get so sick of it that they fly off to Europe for a change of scenery while playing shows in September and October. Yes, visitors, that is five months of touring. I'll be updating the tour dates as they are confirmed, and you can view them all right here, or by clicking the aptly titled "tour" option in the menu above.
May 10, 2006
A new review of the Circles EP is up for reading in the Press section. Check it out right here.
May 4, 2006
April 30, 2006
Here is a news article about an upcoming ballet based on The Marionette and the Music Box:
JACKSON, MS April 24, 2006 - Living Water Dance Company and local record label, Esperanza Plantation will team up this spring for a family friendly event filled with live music, dance and theatre. This exciting production, put on in part by Fondren Renaissance and Graphic Anthem, will benefit the after-school arts programs of local non-profit, Neighborhood Christian Center. The event will be held May 11 at 7pm in the Duling School Auditorium in Fondren and will feature live music by Wooden Finger and El Obo. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Seating is limited.
The evening will premiere “The Marionette and the Music Box”, a full-length children’s ballet choreographed by local dancer Stephanie Miracle. Miracle’s work is based on the instrumental storybook/album by Unwed Sailor and Jamie Hunt which as been described by Stephen Thompson of The Onion as “sublime and endlessly rewarding.” Uniquely blending contemporary dance and elements from mime and theatre, “Marionette” tells a story of love, adventure, despair and forgiveness. Combining the talents of professional dancers from Living Water Dance Company and children from the Neighborhood Christian Center after-school program, Miracle’s ballet is one that can be enjoyed by both young and old. The evening will also include “The Night Angels Came to Visit” also choreographed by Miracle with set design by sculptor Richard McKey.
LIVING WATER DANCE COMPANY - was founded in 2004 by Amy Roark-McIntosh. The professional dance company has performed various original dance works around school, parks, and theatre venues in the community. Stephanie Miracle previous works include “Synchronized”, “Doodlings” and the children’s opera “Robinson” staring Lester Senter-Wilson. She teaches dance at Belhaven College, Ballet Magnificat!, and Neighborhood Christian Centers.
ESPERANZA PLANTATION - was formed in 2002.Taking its title from an antebellum Mississippi Delta farm of the same name, the members of Esperanza Plantation decided on the moniker based on the definitions and literal interpretation of each individual word. Billing itself as a "new settlement for hope", the significance rang true to all the individuals involved. The logo concept was borrowed as well, taking the bowed "E" brand, which exemplifies hope, always pushing upward.
April 26, 2006
This month, we have good tidings and foul tidings. On the positive side, the new Circles EP is now available for purchasing in the store! And on a more wretched note, Johnathon's bass was stolen whilst he was touring in Philadelphia with Rosie Thomas. If you live in the area or know friends, you might keep an eye out for it at pawn shops or perhaps in the hands of some mischievous thieving musician... To aid you in your search for the missing bass, here is a photo.
January 25, 2006
Hello everyone! I realize that Unwed Sailor news has been a bit sparse lately, but that's because Johnathon is currently on tour with Ester Drang. You can check out their Web site if you want to find out more about their music and tour. I'd also like to let you all know that since the forum has become a bit of a magnet for spammers (whose messages I periodicallly have to clear), I've changed the board to require that you be registered to post. This way casual spammers can't come along and bombard the board with links to "free poker sites" and the like. I know it's a bit of an extra hassle for those who just want to post a message, but hopefully it'll be a much more pleasant reading experience without all the unrelated advertisements. That said, post away!
January 4, 2006
The For Jonathon double-disc set is now available for purchase in the online store for $10.
December 11, 2005
Well, our fall tour is over...thanks again to everyone who came out and supported Unwed Sailor...it was wonderful seeing all of you. So, the future...The White Ox and Circles are finished and will be arriving in March...they will be available on cd and vinyl. There will be tour dates to coincide with the releases.... Look for another new lineup for the spring tour....more news soon!
December 1, 2005
Our apologies for the site going down this week. We were having difficulties switching to a new server, but now it's back up and running! Now for a quick announcement: The band is still on tour and have completely sold out of The Marionette and the Music Box digipak CDs, so you won't be able to order them from the store anymore. However, you can still purchase the hardbound book version, which includes the CD inside. We just thought that should be clarified for those who might think that the book is only a book with no music. It's not true.
October 24, 2005
The band would like to know which songs you'd like to hear them play on the upcoming fall tour. Voice your opinions in the Discuss section!
October 20, 2005
October 7, 2005
The new dates for the Unwed Sailor Fall 2005 Tour are now available in the Tour section!
October 4, 2005
As the final touches are being put on the Flash version of this site, I thought I would put up the improved HTML version. Note that there is now an online store where you can purchase your fill of Unwed Sailor music. There's more to come, so keep checking back!
August 18, 2005
The new Stateless Web book is finished! Very similar to the Circle of Birds and Marionette and the Music Box Web books, you can listen to all five tracks from Unwed Sailor and Early Day Miners and view Chris Bennett's photographs as you do so. Check it out here, then let us know what you think in the forum. Also, there are new and updated tour dates in the Tour section!
August 2, 2005
The dates for the Unwed Sailor fall tour are up in the Tour section for you to see. There are lots of dates, so catch a live show if you can! Also, for those of you wanting to get in direct contact with the band, e-mail Johnathon here.
July 23, 2005
The forum, which seems to have started quite nicely yesterday, is now back online, after bizarre server troubles (see below). Also, there are now five more MP3s to download in the Media section, including a rare little piece in the form of "Firecracker 2001." Check it out.
June 22, 2005
There is a new Unwed Sailor forum available now, which you can go to right here. The full site development is coming along pretty well, and I hope to have many other, much more animated sections up soon. For now, enjoy the forum!
UPDATE: Sorry, everyone. There is some massive server error that knocked out all the message boards I was hosting on that server, including the Unwed Sailor one. Hopefully it'll be back up and running soon, but as of right now there's nothing I can do since it appears to have just shut down for no good reason.
UPDATE 2: After speaking with technical support, they said an "emergency error" occurred on the server that was holding the Unwed Sailor message board database, as well as another board I run. Who knows why, but I guess it should be resolved within 24 hours. Thanks a lot to all those who have signed up and posted thus far! Good to see it being used! Hopefully this won't happen again...
June 16, 2005
Alright, just a small update to this temporary site while I devise the nice, big one. There are now three MP3s in a makeshift media section. Like I said before, there will be a lot more neat stuff in a couple of weeks, but for now, this will have to do. Also, be sure to check out Unwed Sailor on MySpace to hear one of their new songs, "Copper Islands."
June 14, 2005
Hello there! I know that there's been a "coming soon" sign posted on this site for probably over half a year, so you may have given up hope by now. The old Web developer had one too many projects to work on, which was likely a big reason this site has seemed stagnant for awhile. However, as of today, I'll be starting in on it, and as far as I can tell, I'm going to have a lot more time to invest in this. In fact, to prove it, there are a couple of links to Web versions of both The Marionette and the Music Box and Circle of Birds to the right where you can listen to them in their entirety and look at the wonderful illustrations by Jamie Hunt.
Unwed Sailor is on tour right now in support of two new albums that they're currently working on. To see if they're playing somewhere near you, check the tour dates link at the top.
This page is only temporary, since I'm still unsure what the final design will be like, but I'm going to try hard to get some stuff up that everyone will enjoy.
If you have any ideas or suggestions for new site content, or if you have comments on the two Web books, you can let me know by clicking here.
Thanks again for your patience! We very much appreciate it!
Justin Norman & Unwed Sailor