Thu Jul 25 2019

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement

1604 Eighth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

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Goodnight, Texas / The Bones of J.R. Jones

  • Goodnight, Texas

    Goodnight, Texas

    Folk

    If you take out a map and measure the midway point between

    San Francisco and Chapel

    Hill, North Carolina — the homes of songwriters Avi Vin

    ocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf,

    respectively — you’ll find an unincorporated town called Goodnigh

    t, Texas (population

    at last count: 18). That’s what the duo discovered when th

    ey went looking for the center

    of their long-distance collaboration, a musical projec

    t that sounds, appropriately enough,

    like a cross-country drive on Interstate 40: Expansive, ful

    l 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 spea

    kers and having a good long think.

    After meeting in San Francisco in 2007, Vinocur and Wolf b

    uilt 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 the

    ir stylistic midpoint amidst

    banjo, guitar and mandolin, a love of working-class anthem

    s. Though the two singers

    have notably different styles — Wolf showcasing a life

    long love of acoustic folk;

    Vinocur clearly comes from the world of garage rock, and l

    eans toward darker blues —

    the duo shared a mutual admiration and easy harmony, as wel

    l 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 Lon

    g Life of Living, to much

    critical acclaim.

    The band’s contagiously entertaining dynamic at live show

    s, 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 ma

    de devotees out of both

    music critics and a growing legion of fans spread out acros

    s the country. Goodnight,

    Texas spent the last year and a half out on the road,

    supporting acts like Shakey Graves

    and Rusted Root, in addition to playing two sold-out hometown sho

    ws at the Fillmore

    alongside Bombay Bicycle Club and Nicki Bluhm and the G

    ramblers. The band released

    their sophomore record, Uncle John Farquhar, in the summ

    er of 2014.

    “It's a more upbeat, a little more fun, but it's still got s

    ome heaviness,”

    says Wolf of the

    new record.

    “The highs are higher and the lows are lower.”

    Vinocur, in particular, is

    excited to release “Dearest Sarah,” based on an actual

    Civil War letter written from

    husband to wife in 1861, a song Vinocur’s been working at for

    nearly eight years

    . “I

    wrote it in 2006 as a 4/4 acoustic guitar song and played it at two shows before

    taking it

    out of my set list.”

    says Vinocur

    “It was a lot of lyrics to remember and I was worried I

    would mess them up and ruin the song's impact. I knew it was a significant

    song to me,

    but it wasn't quite right yet.”

    Vinocur says the song was “

    all but forgotten until I re-

    watched Ken Burns’ Civil War where Sullivan Ballou's letter is r

    ead. Very shortly

    thereafter, on a particularly lonely trip to New Zealand in 2012, I r

    e-learned it on a

    rooftop in Auckland and switched it to mandolin and waltz time. I added the

    bridge riff

    and the whole vibe came together. Finally I felt it was done and we re

    corded for release

    on our new record, 8 years after I first wrote it. “

    The album itself is named for Wolf’s great-great-great

    grandfather, and a sermon he

    delivered on the occasion of Abraham Lincoln’s death grac

    es the record’s liner notes.

    “In

    my eyes, he serves as kind of the first entry in the scrapbook that

    is this album concept,”

    says Wolf of the old photo of Farquhar that originally

    captured his imagination. “

    I was

    thinking of the album as a scrapbook - a collection of clippings over the

    course of the

    past century and a half,”

    says Wolf. “

    The oldest entries of the album package relate to

    John Farquhar, who was my maternal great-great-great grandfather, a minister

    in

    Lancaster PA: the cover of his Abraham Lincoln sermon is the cover of

    the liner notes

    booklet. Inside the booklet a letter that he wrote to his cousin in M

    assachusetts during

    the Civil War after visiting makeshift hospitals right outside the

    battle of Gettysburg.

    These documents are sort of the anchor of the work, so we've got this

    familial link to a

    seminal point in America's history and an example of both his (John Farquar’s

    ) public

    and private voices. “

    Americana is arguably an overused term at the moment — but

    what sets Goodnight,

    Texas apart from the pack is its richly imagined, full-co

    lor 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 — trans

    porting listeners from the

    battlefields of the deep south to a saloon full of hard-dr

    inking 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.

    Uncle John Farquhar showcases this talent perhaps better t

    han ever, with the two

    songwriters’ styles playing off each other to great effe

    ct, 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 fee

    l 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 c

    onjured bank robbers, and for the

    duration of a song, we are rooting for them with all we’ve

    got.

  • The Bones of J.R. Jones

    The Bones of J.R. Jones

    Americana

    What has continued to define The Bones of J.R. Jones is the musician’s hypnotic live show. He operates as a one-man band — playing guitar, drums, and singing in unison, creating the feeling of a raucous blues band with more immediacy. “Anytime I think about my live show I try to view it from one of my audience member’s perspective,” concludes Jonathon Linaberry, the artist who performs as The Bones of J.R. Jones. “I do a lot up there. I cover a lot of ground sonically.  I’m trying to give myself room to grow.”

     

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