Goodnight, Texas is excited to release the first song "A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme " off their forthcoming sophomore album Uncle John Farquhar due out on August 5 on Tallest Man Records. "A Bank Robber's Nursery Rhyme” is the mantra of being bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and in love in America; it’s the battle cry of those taught to seek fortune and excitement from a young age. The song also hints at some of the pitfalls of worshipping the dollar sign, and what the love of money and chase of the American dream will drive some people to do.
This song exemplifies the band's signature storytelling style of songwriting that was first introduced to the world on the band's critically acclaimed debut "A Long Life of Living" (out in 2012). The duo of Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, who are core songwriters of Goodnight, Texas initially met in San Francisco. Wolf moved across the country to Chapel Hill, North Carolina but the two continued to collaborate and bonded over their mutual love of old wooden instruments and a vision of late nineteenth century blue collar America. The two decided to name their cross-country musical collaboration after the tiny Texas panhandle town of Goodnight which is the exact mid-point in between their two homes, San Francisco and Chapel Hill.
This new album, Uncle John Farquhar is a deeper meditation on the bands fascination with the turn of the century era working class America. The album was conceptualized as a scrapbook. The songs are inspired from personal experiences as well as stories and letters uncovered from digging through books, archives and their own personal family history. Two of the artifacts collected from Patrick Wolf's great, great grandfather John Farquhar for whom the album was named, include a sermon John delivered on the passing of Abraham Lincoln and several letters he wrote home after visiting a hospital just outside of Gettysburg just days after the famous tide turning battle. These items have not only inspired the songs but have been incorporated into the album packaging.
To support the release Goodnight, Texas will be embarking on a west coast tour in early August.
WEST COAST TOUR DATES
8/3 St Helena, CA Long Meadow Ranch Winery TIX
8/7 San Francisco, CA The Chapel TIX
8/12 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst TIX
8/15 Los Angeles, CA The Mint TIX
8/16 San Diego Soda Bar TIX