A couple of years ago, Avi Vinocur of San Francisco set out to walk across the country. At the same time, Patrick Dyer Wolf set out from Chapel Hill. As luck would have it, they met midway in a sleepy town named Goodnight, Texas. Over a plate of brisket they formed a band and named it Goodnight, Texas.
That must have been some yummy brisket as their debut is a dozen wonderful tracks of folk music. There are a few different varieties in here as Vinocur and Wolf both handle lead vocals. They each pay homage to the others starting point – Wolf with California You’re a Hole In My Heart which has a California soul feel to it in the vein of some solo Tim Bluhm material. Vinocur’s tune, appropriately named Chapel Hill uses a banjo and has a feel akin to Megafaun.
Other facets of folk include the stripped down gospel-folk number Old St. John performed by Vinocur. It’s a stripped down beauty that you could imagine Gillian Welch singing. Meet Me By The Smokestack is a foot-stomping love ode that is sure to be a cloud pleaser. My favorite track which is sung by Wolf has that gothic folk feel of an O’Death tune, albeit a little less frazzled.
If you call yourself a fan of Americana, you would be making a mistake of not running to get this album. While the majority of tune tunes are rooted in Appalachian folk, there is plenty of variety to keep the whole album fresh. Not to mention that all the songs are all great.