The ghost town of Goodnight, Texas sits halfway between the homes of San Francisco's Avi Vinocur
and North Carolina's Patrick Dyer Wolf, whose transcontinental collaboration has taken on the name of
its geographic midpoint. After meeting in San Francisco and learning each other's melodies, the pair of
songwriters found their stylistic midpoint amidst old wooden instruments and a vision of late nineteenth
century blue collar America - a grittier, simpler, more mysterious world full of raw pain and beauty.
The band's debut LP A Long Life of Living breathes fascination with the fading memory of generations
in our country's patchwork of opportunity, immigration, and tragedy, and muses on our own era's place in
the story. Vinocur's deep ancestral roots in the Appalachian hills of western Maryland are alive in songs
like "Jesse Got Trapped In A Coal Mine," a mandolin-driven elegy for a doomed young fiancé. The song is
at once heavy, dusty, and so catchy as to be instantly memorable. Wolf's lyrical wistfulness echoes his
recent migrations from Northeast to West to South. He reflects on the fleetingness and importance of
life's minutia in "Car Parts and Linens," staring eternity in the face from a porch rocking chair and
drawing on North Carolina's stylistic petri dish on the album's terminal ballad.
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