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Goodnight, Texas to rock Craig this weekend

Folk rock group promoting release of new album

The folk rock band Goodnight, Texas, pictured, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at JW Snack's Bar & Grill. The group, primarily from San Francisco, releases a new album, "Uncle John Farquhar," Aug. 5.

If you're expecting the sounds of some typical tunes at your weekend hangout in Craig, you'll find yourself listening to something entirely different when you plop down on your favorite barstool.

If you go…

Goodnight, Texas

8 p.m., Friday and Saturday

JW Snack's Bar & Grill

— The folk rock group, originally based in San Francisco, will perform two shows in Craig. Their new album, "Uncle John Farquhar," releases Aug. 5. There is no cover charge for the show. For more information on the group, visit http://www.hiwearegoodnighttexashowareyou.com/.

The folk rock group Goodnight, Texas will perform Friday and Saturday nights at JW Snack's Bar & Grill. Restaurant owner Danny Griffith first booked the band after learning that they would be in Denver this week.

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"I can't believe we got them," he said. "They're not like anything we have or anything we've ever had. We like to hire people who are really good at what they do whether it's blues funk or heavy metal, we like to hire the hot up-and-comers."

Goodnight, Texas originally consisted of Ari Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, who met in San Francisco in 2007 and began playing music together causally, Wolf relocated to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2009, but they eventually formed an official act, naming their duo after the geographical point between their two cities, the tiny Texas town known as Goodnight.

The pair trades off on vocals and playing banjo, mandolin and guitar during shows, though they weren't able to include every sound they wanted.

"Neither of us could play the fiddle, so we couldn't fit that in there," Vinocur laughed.

Many of their songs take inspiration from American history, with their latest album "Uncle John Farquhar," named after an ancestor of Wolf's, a Pennsylvania pastor who witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg and delivered a noteworthy church sermon to his congregation following the death of Abraham Lincoln. Likewise, the song "Dearest Sarah" was inspired by a Civil War soldier's correspondence with a loved one.

"We have an affinity for looking at old pictures and family memorabilia and creating stories if we don't know them already," Vinocur said. "Compared to our first album, this one is a lot more fun and up-tempo."

The set will be heavy with original compositions, as well as some covers.

Vinocur said the group, which now also includes bassist Scott G. Padden and drummer Alex Nash — Alex's twin brother, Adam, will fill in on bass while the group is in the area — welcomed the chance to visit a smaller community before returning to larger towns as they continue to tour.

"We're looking forward to seeing what Craig's all about," he said.

The feeling is mutual from the venue management. Griffith added that his practice of not including a cover charge is one he hopes will continue to bring in more people as he brings in live music acts.

"I just want to thank people coming out to support music at this level, because that's what makes the world go round, baby," he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

If you go…

Goodnight, Texas

8 p.m., Friday and Saturday

JW Snack’s Bar & Grill

— The folk rock group, originally based in San Francisco, will perform two shows in Craig. Their new album, “Uncle John Farquhar,” releases Aug. 5. There is no cover charge for the show. For more information on the group, visit http://www.hiwearegoodnighttexashowareyou.com/.