Paper Route Update

Friends, Family, Fans,

As summer turns to fall, change is afoot for Paper Route. We’ve been locked away in a cabin, writing, recording, and feeling more excited and inspired than ever about what we are creating. But amidst the excitement, we have bittersweet news to share about our friend and drummer Gavin.

After spending some of the greatest and hardest moments of …our last 7 years together, Gav is moving on to other endeavors and will no longer be part of the band. Although his drumming and companionship will be sorely missed and never replaced, we love him and wish him all the best. He joined Paper Route as our friend, and he leaves as one. Send him your love in the comments below.

Because of the change, we’ll be pushing back our upcoming Atlanta and Nashville shows to December 11th and 12th respectively. Tickets already purchased will be honored for the rescheduled dates, and L.A. and our festival shows are still on as planned.

Crossroads like these force oneself to ask some difficult, soul-searching questions. We truly believe our best music is still ahead of us. We no longer have the luxury of naïveté like we did when we made Absence. Nor do we have the crippling pressures that accompanied The Peace of Wild Things. These things have been replaced with bravery and confidence. There is nothing more dangerous than a man (or band) with nothing left to lose.

Enough with all this melodramatic rhetoric. Gotta get back to work so we can bring you new music as soon as possible. We owe it to you.

Chad & JT
Paper Route


Hello everyone,

So – As it turns out, we aren’t that awesome at doing things like …….World Wide Web updates (hides face in shame)! As history has shown us before, we tend to lock ourselves in the studio and forget people might actually want to know what’s happening. My fading optimism persuades me to believe this is a good thing… that we are still making music for ourselves… that we still are chasing our own passion and vision, and not hypnotized by our phones and screens thinking everyone is down on bended knee for Paper Route updates. But in reality, I guess I could just say -‘we’re really busy, sorry.’- And with that, here is a small list I have made titled “Paper Route Delivers Their News” to both update everyone and salute the wonderful online and printed press people who have used creative headlines similar to this.

Paper Route Delivers Their News!

– We’re writing. A lot of songs. The most we’ve ever written. I can say with much conviction we will be just as excited to release the B-Sides of this album as we will be the Album itself.

– We’re planning a few shows for later this year, we will post the dates immediately after they’re confirmed.

– We still owe everyone the last song in our cover series. This is my fault. No one else’s. Everyone can blame me. Including Chad and Gavin. SORRY GUYS! But i’m working on it right now. Give me a few.

– As we get closer to recording final tracks for the album, we’ll be posting more studio photos.


Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think about how loyal you all have been to our band. We are incredibly grateful. Thank you.. thank you.

The Paper Boys,
JT —— Chad and Gavin.

Meanderings From A Recovering Insomniac

Meanderings From A Recovering Insomniac

Merry springtime everyone! We hope this message finds you well. We’ve been busy working on various projects, but we have mostly been focusing on writing new songs for LP3. It has been a lot of fun and a lot of fun stress. Such is the life of a band. We are all drawing inspiration from a variety of places, some similar to each other and some disparate. What do we want to do next? What do we want to say? Do we need to make another album? What’s left inside the creative gas tank? Anything at all? Nothing? Well maybe we aren’t going to operate on gasoline anymore. Maybe the tank IS empty. Maybe that’s ok. Maybe we are going electric (like a car or Bob Dylan, take your pick). The greatest artists find new ways to stay inspired and challenge themselves. Those are the models we are currently looking to. How do you do something new and interesting without abandoning everything you’ve built? Well, I guess the answer is you just do it. You act your age. Be fearless. Act like a kid. Chase your anxiety. Follow your instinct. Reject what comes naturally. Do what comes easily. Overthink. Under think. Take a drive. Surprise yourself. Set your alarm. Set off the alarm. Cross a county line. Cross a hallway. Fake it. Trust it. Fight it. Get lost. Get found. Taste it. Throw it out. Abandon it. Go down with the ship. Hide your flaws. Exploit them. Experiment. Let others down. Think of others. Tell her you love her. Have a sip. Go for a run. Pick up a raquet. Turn off the subtitles. Buy more vinyl. Give the homeless guy a buck. Read Proverbs. Do a crossword. Ask for help. Write the script. Over deliver. Meditate under a blanket. Rebuild a bridge. Get on a plane. Celebrate. Think of yourself less. Drink coffee. Think of yourself even less. More coffee. Be grateful. Imagine. Think unrealistically. Pay your taxes. Give a ride to the airport. Trade with a stranger. Plant a garden. Fill the canvas. Choose family. Mow the yard. Iron your shirt. Take your vitamins. Call your grandma if she’s still around. Put off procrastination. Add hot sauce. Listen to Jeff Buckley. Blow out the candles. Surround yourself, for a moment. Isolate yourself, for a moment. Mourn the death of mix CDs. Open the window. Do the dishes. Prep the coffee for the morning. Buy organic. Pack a lunch. Put on headphones. Forgive people who don’t ask for it. Say you’re sorry. Think of yourself less. Try tea. Make a new friend. Dream. Roll the dice. Be thankful. Pray. Make music. Go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day.

Paper Route

buy Signed copy of Absence or The peace of wild things

If you’d like to purchase a signed copy of The Peace of Wild Things or Absence on Vinyl or CD email
You will receive a response from us requesting certain info.
~Please specify which album and what format.
~If you’d like it personalized or customized please inform us in detail.
~You MUST have a paypal account.
~WE ONLY SHIP to USA (Excluding Alaska, HawaiI)
Here’s what’s available:
The Peace of Wild Things – Vinyl ($30, includes S&H)
The Peace of Wild Things – CD ($15, includes S&H)
Absence – Vinyl ($30, includes S&H)

Any order placed before May 1 will ship out on May 1. Any order placed after May 1 will ship out on May 15. This won’t last forever so get yours now!


Our friends at No Country For New Nashville started a podcast very recently and we had the honor of being featured this week. This is an in depth audio interview with JT that covers past, present, and future. Enjoy!


Paper Route

march 2014 update

Dear friends,
The last year and a half has been incredible for us, thanks to you. The process of making The Peace of Wild Things was such a whirlwind of change for the band and for each member personally. The majority of that change was hard, nearly fatal for Paper Route in many ways, but we’re writing this today to let you know we are fully alive and well. It was encouraging to see so many of you at shows this last year, some multiple times. We were gone much more than we were home, and we knew that we had made the right choice by sticking it out and finishing The Peace of Wild Things and touring relentlessly on it. And now….we look to the future.
Currently, we are in Nashville seeing friends, loved ones, having bonfires, and finding inspiration. More importantly though, we are writing our next album. We feel like this one will be really special, so be patient with us. You will get as many updates, videos, teasers etc. as we can come up with to keep the fire burning. We are in this together. Many of you have been supporting us since 2006 (first music released), or 2008 when we entered the chaotic world of touring. You are all why we’re still here, and we thank you.

Enough with the formalities, we’re off to write our best album yet……

Paper Route (JT, Gavin, Chad)

Paper route covers Say My Name by Destiny’s Child

The second cover in our series of covers this winter was released late last week. We chose Say My Name for a few reasons, the main being that we really want to enjoy this whole covers idea and do things that may be way out of our comfort zone. We obsess over many types of artists and bands, and the beautiful ladies who made up Destiny’s Child had three massive fans here. We’ll more than likely never write a song that sounds or feels like this song, so please enjoy it as we experiment. We are already excited for the next one!

JT, Chad, Gavin
Paper Route


Paper Route Covers Royals by Lorde

Dear paper boys and paper dolls,

We recorded and released a cover of “Royals” by the lovely artist Lorde. It’s technically our first cover we’ve ever done (at least in years), and we are thrilled to share it with you.

We’ll be releasing more covers throughout the season so stay tuned for more!

To purchase on iTunes
To purchase on Amazon

Thank you,
JT, Chad, Gavin

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Letter from JT / Ohio & Michigan shows postponed

*Ohio & Michigan shows on 5/28, 5/29, 5/30, 5/31 POSTPONED

Dear Paper Route fans, friends, and family,

It has been an amazing year for us as we’ve been able to travel for almost all of it. We’ve seen many new faces and feel as if the album we poured our souls into came to life. If you’ve just discovered our band, welcome to the family. We’ve been doing this for quite some time now and wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for people like yourself. Early this year we announced we’d be doing a headline tour in February which we almost immediately had to reschedule due to another conflicting tour offer we felt appropriate to take. We knew that although this would be annoying, in the end it would be worth the new faces and ears that would be invited into the PR family (which I’m sure are a lot of you reading this now). Through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate) events we landed two more tours we just couldn’t pass up. The tours proved to be some of the best things that ever happened to this band in the 10 years we’ve existed. Momentum was building surrounding our independent release and we were set to finally take the stage on our own headline tour. The first week of these shows was a dream come true. Everyone was singing, lights were moving, and we were all learning from each other (isn’t that the point of art?). But the schedule was catching up with some of us, me in particular. It was the night of our NYC show that I knew something was off with my voice. Granted, I could of probably held back that night, but holding back has never really been my forte. We gave it our all and it was one of my favorite PR shows ever. The next morning I awoke to find I had no singing voice but pushed it aside and kept moving forward. It wasn’t until we were actually setting up that I tried singing only to find I had no voice. The next few days proved to be some of the more difficult i’ve ever had being in PR. Everything we had worked for was put on hold and I felt responsible. Every morning would be the same thing – tip toe to bathroom – try humming – text guys bad news. We eventually went to some fancy doctor who informed me that I had blown my voice out. He requested a week off and said I could do long term damage if I didn’t. We still debated keeping some of the shows knowing we had postponed these a few times before, but finally had to realize this was a serious issue and we had to step aside. So it’s here that I’m typing this letter (in a whisper) asking you to please forgive us for giving all of you beautiful people such a run around with these shows. It was never our intention. And if there’s one thing I know, it’s that you will never meet a harder working band than Paper Route. It is our goal to return to your city and give you the best show you’ve ever seen. The Ohio and Michigan shows are being rescheduled and we will back on schedule starting with Chicago. We are thankful for all of you, for buying music, for buying tickets, for staying with us now for years upon years. And we’ll be back. We aren’t going anywhere. And that’s all i’ve got. Until then – tell someone you love them today.

Art Is Hard,
JT (Chad, Gavin, (Nick, Josh (Charlie, Edwin, Darien)))

The end.