Take Heart, Take Care is OUT NOW!!! If you’re of a mind to order online, you can find it with all of the usual suspects. You can order direct from Big Legal Mess Records HERE

US Tour begins September 4th in Oxford, MS at Southside Gallery, alongside a one night only show of new paintings and photographs by yours truly called “With Signs Following”. All dates and links for tickets (where applicable) are just below, please check em out, tell a friend, and see you there!

You can stream the entirety of “Take Heart, Take Care” thanks to American Songwriter Magazine HERE !!

Hi y’all! The news around here is I’ve got a new solo album coming out August 30th via Big Legal Mess Records. Pre-order it HERE.

Stream the title track HERE


The best artists teach us how to live. The title of Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster’s new LP is a double-edged directive: Take Heart, Take Care. Either way you cut it—whether he’s wishing you the best or reminding you what to take along when you split town—we’re in deeply hopeful territory. This album is a call-to-arms for those of us given over to despair not to throw in the towel. It’s a place you can take solace in the midst of chaos and collapse, a pal who will put you up and feed you and remind you of the good things no matter how close to the ledge you are. It takes pain and transforms it into something that can be put to use. It’s like good summer light on The horizon. These dreadful days, I promise, it’ll make for a damn good and necessary companion.

There’s not a single track here that doesn’t deserve disciplined attention. Kinkel-Schuster’s voice soars and brightens even the darkest corners. Often a song that seems destined to break for the bottom of things rises into the air, as if touched by magic.

It’s Kinkel-Schuster’s words that, as always, strike hardest. “Time is the mender / whose strange mechanics / yet untold / bid us rise entwined together,” he sings on the title track. Take a second to appreciate the ragged worldliness of that line. He’s not only a songwriter cut from the same cloth as Willy Vlautin and Jason Molina but a poet whose blood is dosed with the sublime beauty of Frank Stanford and Mary Oliver, whose lines sing even disconnected from all melody.

Kinkel-Schuster isn’t only one of our greatest songwriters; he’s also one of our greatest empaths. This ability to access deceptively simple moments and turn them into epiphanies about kindness and wonder and human communion sets him apart from a world of songwriters whose only interest is the slick image or the well-crafted turn of phrase. His songs are reminiscent of William Eggleston’s photos, in that there’s a whole entire mysterious world under the surface, a story under every rock left unturned and every slash of light, behind every character we meet, every indecisive mother, every haunted figure on the edges of the song, behind every lesson his unnamed narrators impart to us.

This isn’t an album about wallowing in desperation and loss and failure. It isn’t an album to listen to after a bad night at the bar. This is an album that pushes us to hold our own, to continue on no matter what. This is beautiful and essential work, well-built, enduring. “There’s plenty of wonder in this world still to be found,” Kinkel-Schuster sings on the opener, “Plenty Wonder.”

And, man, I can’t help but saying that this album is exactly the kind of wonderful thing I’m so thankful for.

—William Boyle


Sept 4 Oxford, MS  Southside Gallery - TICKETS

Sept 5 Nashville, TN  Basement - TICKETS

Sept 6 Indianapolis, IN  Hifi - TICKETS

Sept 7 Appleton, WI Nice Time

Sept 8 Madison, WI  Kiki's House of Righteous Music - EMAIL righteousmusicmgmt@gmail.com FOR TIX

Sept 9 Chicago, IL  SPACE - TICKETS

Sept 10 St. Louis, MO  Off Broadway - TICKETS

Sept 12 Bloomington, IN  Blockhouse Bar - TICKETS

Sept 13 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub - TICKETS

Sept 14 Ft. Wayne, IN  Brass Rail - TICKETS

Sept 16 Athens, OH Casa Nuevo - TICKETS

Sept 17 Baltimore, MD  Club 603 - TICKETS

Sept 18 Washington DC  Songbyrd - TICKETS

Sept 19 Brooklyn, NY Alphaville - TICKETS

Sept 20 York, PA  Kable House - TICKETS

Sept 21 Richmond, VA  Richmond Music Hall - TICKETS

Sept 22 Raleigh NC  Neptune’s - TICKETS

Sept 23 Savannah, GA El Rocko Lounge - TICKETS

Sept 24 Charleston, SC  Royal American - TICKETS

Sept 25 Atlanta, GA  529 - TICKETS

Sept 26 Birmingham, AL  Mom's Basement - TICKETS

Sept 27 Jackson, MS  Martin's - TICKETS

Sept 28 Little Rock, AR  White Water Tavern - TICKETS

Oct 15 Dallas, TX Wild Detectives - TICKETS

Oct 16 Austin, TX Hotel Vegas - TICKETS

Oct 17 Marfa, TX Lost Horse Saloon - TICKETS

Oct 18 Tucson, AZ Boxyard - TICKETS

Oct 19 Phoenix, AZ  Yucca Tap Room - TICKETS

Oct 21 Los Angeles, CA Gold Diggers - TICKETS

Oct 23 Santa Cruz, CA  Crepe Place - TICKETS

Oct 24 San Francisco, CA  Hotel Utah - TICKETS

Oct 25 Petaluma, CA Sunny Hill House Show

Oct 26 Reno, NV - 7th Street Station

Oct 28 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern - TICKETS

Oct 29 Portland, OR  Liquor Store - TICKETS

Oct 30 Spokane, WA  The Bartlett - TICKETS

Nov 1 Walla Walla, WA Billsville West - TICKETS

Nov 2 Boise, ID The Olympic - TICKETS

Nov 3 Denver, CO Hi-Dive - TICKETS

Nov 5 Fayetteville, AR Smoke and Barrel