Goodnight, Texas / Bombadil

Early Show

Goodnight, Texas / Bombadil

Fri, December 9, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Goodnight, Texas - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Goodnight, Texas
If you take out a map and measure the midway point between San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina — the homes of songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, respectively — you’ll find 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. 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. 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. Uncle John Farquhar , the bands sophomore record, showcases this talent perhaps better than ever, with the two songwriters’ styles playing 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 ad sympathetically conjured bank robbers, and for the duration of a song, we are rooting for them with all we’ve got.
Bombadil - (Set time: 7:10 PM)
"The melodies are chipper, the hooks prominent, the performances energetic, and the arrangements full to bursting with ideas" – Paste Magazine

“bursting with irresistible melodies, unexpected lyrical gems, and moments of profound honesty, all anchored by expert songwriting skills" – Time Out New York

Durham, North Carolina-based trio Bombadil hit the road this December to showcase their ambitious blend of folk-pop, previewing brand new songs from their new album to be released March 2017 on Ramseur Records, produced and engineered by John Vanderslice (Death Cab for Cutie, The Mountain Goats, St. Vincent, Spoon).

Over the past decade, the band – Daniel Michalak (piano, guitar, vocals), James Phillips (percussion, vocals), and newest member Stacy Harden (bass, guitar, vocals) – have built a steady following, earning the support of media outlets including The New York Times and NPR. Called “multi-textured, wildly inventive, eclectic, and hugely enjoyable,” Bombadil write songs featuring infectious melodies and lush vocal harmonies, telling stories of love and the curiosities of life.

Dolph Ramseur, head of Ramseur Records/Management, discovered Bombadil on the band’s MySpace page, subsequently catching their live show and signing them in 2006. Ramseur, who also steers the career of The Avett Brothers, helped the group book tours and release records to critical acclaim, including the Bombadil EP (2006); A Buzz, A Buzz (2008); and Tarpits and Canyonlands (2009). Just prior to the release of Tarpits and Canyonlands, Michalak was diagnosed with neural tension, and consequently Bombadil could not tour in support of the record. Bombadil took a hiatus, and after several years of therapy, Michalak was able to return. The band regrouped in North Carolina in 2013, releasing Metrics of Affection that same year and Hold On in 2015.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002