SOLD OUT (thanks!) Goodnight, Texas (Duo) and Scott Griffin Padden - Private Parlor Show (($15 before/$20 day of show))

Goodnight, Texas

At the midway point (as the van drives, not as the crow flies) between San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina — the longtime homes of songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, respectively — sits 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.
After meeting in San Francisco in 2007, Vinocur and Wolf built a friendship based on trading words and tunes. “I had never been able to sing with anyone before Pat. I was terrible at it,” says Vinocur. “But I didn't even have to try to harmonize with him. I still sort of have a hard time believing how easy it still is.” When Wolf moved to North Carolina in 2009, the songwriters kept in touch, finding their stylistic midpoint amidst banjo, guitar and mandolin, a love of working-class anthems. Though the two singers have notably different styles — Wolf showcasing a lifelong love of acoustic folk; Vinocur clearly comes from the world of garage rock, and leans toward darker blues — the duo shared a mutual admiration and easy harmony, as well as a fascination with late 19th century small-town America: A vision of a grittier, simpler world, full of raw pain and mysterious beauty. In 2012, after picking up a rhythm section (Alex Nash and Scott G. Padden), Goodnight, Texas released their debut LP, A Long Life of Living, to much critical acclaim.
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. The band released their sophomore record, Uncle John Farquhar, in the summer of 2014, and has spent much of the past several years out on the road, supporting acts like Shakey Graves and Rusted Root, co-headlining with Whiskey Shivers and Bombadil, and playing two sold-out hometown shows at the Fillmore alongside Bombay Bicycle Club and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers.
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. In the longstanding folk tradition of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash, Goodnight, Texas sings songs that are each a world in and of themselves — transporting listeners from the battlefields of the Civil War to a saloon full of hard-drinking but good-natured regulars to the nervous feeling in the stomach of a poor boy about to ask for his girl’s hand in marriage.
The two songwriters’ styles play 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 and sympathetically conjured bank robbers, and for the duration of a song, we are rooting for them with all we’ve got.
-Emma Silvers

Scott Griffin Padden

Scott Griffin Padden is no stranger to the road—he’s spent the last three years touring the country as a bassist with folk-Americana band, Goodnight, Texas—but that hasn’t stopped him from putting roots down in the San Francisco music universe. A native of Lansing, Michigan, he relocated to the Bay Area in 2011 to perform as a classical musician, but found his path taking a left turn when he reconnected with high school friend Ross James, and was offered an opportunity to perform regularly at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. It was there that he had the chance to hone his skills as a bassist, guitarist, drummer, vocalist, and keyboardist, culminating with a world tour in 2014 on keys with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band.

Since then, Padden has focused his attention on Goodnight, Texas, recording on their 2014 release, Uncle John Farquahr. The band had a calendar year touring in 2015, logging nearly 30,000 miles on the road on 5 separate tours. Highlights include a performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage radio broadcast, a sold-out headlining show on at the Black Cat in Washington D.C., Stubbs BBQ in Austin supporting The Family Crest, and a California tour with Two Gallants, featuring a stop at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The band’s yet-to-be-named third record is due out later this year.

In the intervening weeks when he’s not trekking around the U.S., Padden spends his time creating his own music with friends and playing solo shows. While his strongest influences are obvious—Paul Westerberg, Ryan Adams, and The Anniversary come to mind—he also draws heavily on the juggernauts of an older era, most notably the Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. He is still an active classical musician, and is a founding member of the San Francisco based chamber orchestra collective, One Found Sound.

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