By Emma Speckman
Sept. 16, 2014. On Friday, Sept. 19, Appalachian Mountain Brewery will host Goodnight, Texas and special guest The Bones of J.R. Jones for a concert raising funds for New River Organic Growers, a nonprofit cooperative of High Country farmers that the brewery and its partner food truck Farm to Flame work closely with.
Goodnight, Texas was chosen to perform somewhat by accident, after Danny Wilcox, operational supervisor of Farm to Flame and the brewery’s general music manager, heard their song “The Railroad,” which he described as “Avett Brothers style” and thought it would be perfect for a video promoting the truck’s nonprofit work.
“Our video guy was like there’s no way you can use this song because of copyright laws,” Wilcox said.
“So I said, Alright, well just give me three weeks.’ I sent many emails and finally got ahold of someone who’s actually in the band. I was like ‘Hey man, I’m from North Carolina. I have this food truck, this thing I’m trying to create to support the local farming community and trying to give back. You have a song that would be good for our videos. Is there any way we could use it?”
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Wilcox spoke with lead singer and co-founder of the band Avi Vinocur.
“He was like ‘You know what? No problem. Use the song any way you need to. On top of that we want to come play an opening show for you’,” Wilcox said. “I didn’t think that would happen. They play at the Fillmore in California. They play at huge shows.”
“It wasn’t really planned,” said Vinocur “But we’re excited to come here. It’s probably our favorite part of the country.”
Goodnight, Texas is currently on a cross-country tour promoting their second album “Uncle John Farquhar.” Two days before their Boone show they will be at the Evening Muse in Charlotte and the night before, they will be at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. After they leave Boone, the band will head to Bristol, Tenn. to perform at the Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Vinocur is from San Francisco, but the band’s other founder and lead singer Patrick Dyer Wolf lived in Chapel Hill for several years. The guys met in San Francisco in 2007 and started informally playing together. Wolf moved to North Carolina in 2009, and they continued to stay in touch and play together whenever they could find time.
The name “Goodnight, Texas” refers to the exact midway point between San Francisco and Chapel Hill—a town literally called Goodnight, Texas.
In 2012 Vinocur and Dyer Wolf added two new members to the band, Alex Nash and Scott G. Padden, and their transformation into a cross-country band was complete.
They now practice and perform all over the United States.
“Slowly and organically it developed,” Vincur said. “And now we’re a full band.”
Vincur describes the band’s sound as “Americana,” “old time-y,” and claiming some “darker, Civil War-era” influences. One song, the haunting “Dearest Sarah,” even references a letter a Civil War soldier sent his wife.
For more information about the band, visit hiwearegoodnighttexashowareyou.com.
For more information about Farm to Flame and their nonprofit work, visit f2flame.com.
To see what else is coming up at AMB, visit appalachianmountainbrewery.com.
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