FTC welcomes Goodnight Texas and Bhi Bhiman

The Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes the sounds of the Americana infused Goodnight Texas, and Bhi Bhiman to the intimate StageOne venue Sunday, June 14, at 7:30.

Though Americana is arguably an overused term at the moment, what sets Goodnight, Texas apart from the pack is their richly imagined, full-color story. If you take out a map and measure the midway point between the hometowns of songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf (respectively from San Francisco and Chapel Hill, North Carolina) you’ll find an unincorporated town called Goodnight, Texas with a population that is less than 100 people. That’s what the duo discovered when they went looking for the center of their long-distance collaboration.

After meeting in San Francisco in 2007 Vinocur and Wolf built a friendship based on trading words and tunes. Though the two singers have notably different styles – Wolf showcases a lifelong love of acoustic folk while Vinocur clearly comes from the world of garage rock, and leans toward darker blues, the two however have had the same admiration for easy harmony, as well as a fascination with late 19th century small-town America.

Touring in support of their sophomore record, Uncle John Farquhar, Goodnight, Texas showcases the talent these two songwriters’ were able to embrace by joining forces that balances a wry sense of humor with an obvious respect for the ghosts of this country’s past. Whether it’s Vinocur’s realm of epic sagas of loss or his animated hit-the-road sort of tunes or that of Wolf’s natural gift for deceptively sparse, emotion-driven songwriting, those in attendance will know what it truly feels to have the sun-baked earth on their face, taste the sweat of a day’s labor, or even hear the hound dog howling to the moon as this unique band perform with their unbridled energy, soul, and range of foot-stomping rock to wistful front porch ballads both haunting and romantic all at the same time.

But that’s just half of the night as Goodnight, Texas will be joined by the son of Sri Lankan immigrants, the one-of-a-kind folksinger and songwriter Bhi Bhiman.

Named after a character in the Mahabharata, Bhi Bhiman spent his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, and began playing guitar when he was just nine years old. As a teen he fell under the influence of the bands of the day like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. It wasn’t until he began to write his own songs that were filled with joy, creative wordplay and sharp humor that Bhi began to sound more like the folk legends of a generation, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.

After developing an utterly unique, Americana-fueled style that turned on his remarkable, Nina Simone-like voice Bhi relocated to the Bay Area and began to establish himself on the local circuit, releasing his first album Cookbook in 2007.

With a songwriting style, that ranges from political to personal, Bhi has continued to evolve as an artist and has since drawn comparison to songwriters like Randy Newman, John Prine, and Phil Ochs, but with exclusive sharp observations, puns, characters, and approach that are wonderfully his own.

For tickets, at $25 in advance, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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