This band is my new favorite find. Goodnight, Texas is a bi-coastal outfit led by Avi Vinocur (San Francisco) and Patrick Dyer Wolf (North Carolina) named after a ghost town equidistant between them.
Their excellent debut album, A Long Life of Living, is about as Americana as it gets. Vintage, sepia-tinged artwork. References to Maggie’s farm. Multiple tales of manual labor. Odes to California AND Carolina. A song called “Jessie Got Trapped In a Coal Mine.” Transcontinental migrations, cancelled weddings and dusty porches.
Laid back and lovely but never boring, this is folk music with a steely blues edge. Promises of hand-clapping and foot-stomping to make me really excited to see these guys live.
Their west coast CD release party is Oct 26th at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco.