"Button Your Collar" from the album Uncle John Farquhar. Filmed and edited by Aaron Mort in San Francisco, CA.
Website | About Goodnight, Texas
point between San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina — the homes of
songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, respectively — you’ll find an
unincorporated town called Goodnight, Texas (population at last count: 28).
That’s what the duo discovered when they went looking for the center of their
long-distance collaboration, a musical project that sounds, appropriately
enough, like a cross-country drive on Interstate 40: Expansive, full of
possibility, American in every sense of the word — the perfect place for
missing someone but regretting nothing, for losing yourself in the crackle of
guitar through speakers and having a good long think.
The band’s contagiously entertaining dynamic at
live shows, as well as the album’s energy, soul and range — from red-blooded,
foot-stomping rock ’n’ roll to wistful front porch ballads to haunting tales of
doomed romance — has made devotees out of both music critics and a growing
legion of fans spread out across the country.
Americana is arguably an overused term at the
moment — but what sets Goodnight, Texas apart from the pack is its richly
imagined, full-color stories. Uncle John Farquhar , the bands sophomore record,
showcases this talent perhaps better than ever, with the two songwriters’
styles playing off each other to great effect, balancing a wry sense of humor
with an obvious respect for the ghosts of this country’s past. Whether in
Vinocur’s realm of epic sagas of loss and animated hit-the-road tunes or Wolf’s
natural gift for deceptively sparse, emotion-driven songwriting, we can feel
the sun-baked earth, taste the sweat of a day’s labor, hear the hound dog
howling in the yard. Our protagonists are lonely travelers and scorned lovers
ad sympathetically conjured bank robbers, and for the duration of a song, we
are rooting for them with all we’ve got.