Music Monday | Goodnight, Texas

GNTX-6-credit-Emily-SevinPhotographed by Emily Sevin

It’s pretty obvious why I gave this band a listen. Texas forever, yano?

Goodnight, Texas. Not just an amazing band name, but also an unincorporated town (population at last count – 28). But not just any town. It’s the exact midpoint between San Francisco and Chapel Hill – the homes of songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf. In 2012, the duo added a rhythm section (Alex Nash and Scott G. Padden), and the band released their debut LP, A Long Life of Living. 

For now, though, I want to fast forward to their recent release - Uncle John Farquhar (named for Wolf’s great-great-great grandfather). It’s honest and it’s gritty and it’s full of stories that leave you wanting more. Below is my favorite track, which Avi posted about on Facebook a few days ago:

“I think this is about not doing anything crazy or ambitious until someone else takes the lead. Call it an anthem for the chronically non-trailblazing… I’ve been dreaming of moving to the South for years. I wrote this in Patrick’s living room in Chapel Hill on guitar and kick drum, after seeing a life-changing Shovels and Rope show at Snug Harbor in Charlotte the night before. Patrick added some lyrics and a killer mandolin part. We finished it together in California and debuted it in Milwaukee. We quickly realized it would be a mainstay in our set list.” 

Stream: “Button Your Collar”

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Take me South
For cryin’ out loud
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  • Christopher

    SouthernStyleIs 019Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    Raised in:
    Lawrenceville, Georgia.
    My family roots are in Cuba. My grandparents came to the US in the 60’s but we have kept the culture alive…especially the food.

    Lives in:
    Atlanta, Geogia

    Favorite spot in Atlanta right now:
    Miso Izakaya. Guy Wong’s Japanese Gastro Pub has pulled at some heartstrings. There isn’t an item on the menu that I don’t obsess over (and the cocktails are just bangin’). I can’t get enough of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and all that is happening now and in the months to come. 

    Now would ya look at that:
    Photographed for Southern Living’s “Southern Style Is…” story – see his feature here.

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  • Southern Style Is…

    JessSLPhotographed in Atlanta, GA

    I had the privilege of teaming up with Jess Graves for Southern Living’s “Southern Style Is…” story (her feature here). She asked 10 Atlantans what sets Georgia style apart, and I took their photos.

    Go give it a lookse. You may see some familiar faces, including yours truly

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  • Music Monday | Go ’80s

    AFlockofSeagullsA Flock of Seagulls just killin’ it. 

    I have been jamming ’80s music so much lately. Not sure what inspired it, but I’m wanting it all and I’m wanting it loud. Billy Ocean! Phil Collins! MJ! The Clash! Wham!

    In light of this, I’ve been updating my ’80s playlist and figured y’all should get in on that glorious action (or should I say, Heavenly Action…*)

    *That was an Erasure reference. Really hoping at least one of you got it.

    So here’s my playlist – still a work in progress.
    It’s got your ’80s cravings covered from Boy George to Bruce Springsteen.

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  • Jay, Part III

    Sjoholm_Wedding_207Photographed in Harbour Island, Bahamas

    Raised in:
    Alpharetta, Georgia

    Lives in:
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Favorite thing about Harbour Island:
    It’s a contained slice of luxury in the middle of the Caribbean.

    Wedding Getup Inspiration:
    I wanted to do something that fit with the beach destination wedding theme, and I wanted to be comfortable. The royal blue jacket was an awesome find, as it reminded me of the color of the ocean in Harbour Island. The entire outfit was built around that.

    Now would ya look at that:
    Jay, who you should know by now as the man behind Red Clay Soul, on his wedding day.
    See he and Lindsey’s perfect wedding here. We were honored to be a part of!

    • Brooks Brothers ‘Fitzgerald sport’ coat (similar). Lindsey surprised him with this embroided touch on the big day.  
    • Ledbury dress shirt. “I always opt for the slim fit versions of the Ledbury shirts, as the fit is spot on.  The royal twill version is such a luxurious fabric…it fit right in.”
    • Social Primer bow tie (detail). “We had the hardest time finding a bow tie that would work.  I wanted something to dress up the outfit, and when Cooper posted a picture of this upcoming design, I showed it to the future Mrs and got the OK. I called Cooper and ordered five immediately. There are roosters all over Harbour Island; they are the unofficial mascot.”
    • Sid Mashburn hem stitched pocket square.
    • Martin Dingman ‘Anthony’ belt. “I wanted to get my guys something really nice, so I got each of them this Anthony belt with an engraved buckle as a gift for being an attendant.”
    • J.Crew Ludlow Italian Chinos
    • ByPaige custom ‘JRS’ needlepoint loafers. “I went a little rogue here, and added some flare with these. I absolutely love them…not just for the wedding.”
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  • True Value

    FridayPhotographed in Harbour Island, Bahamas

    Hey, it’s us! I think we can skip the whole “Raised In/Lives in/Random question” thing this time, yes?

    There’s truly one reason why I wanted to share this photo, and it’s my dress. Yes, yes, it’s amazing, I know – that’s why I bought it. And you want to know where I bought it? At a True Value..as in the hardware store. Proving that you never know what sort of magic you can come upon at any moment in any location!

    Oh and also, it was $15.

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    On Caroline….

    On Mark…

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  • Music Monday | Dead Times

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    More white guys slayin’ R&B jams? That’s right. You know what else is slayin’ it? Those pants!

    Today, Dead Times - from Tempe, AZ – are Calvin Markus & Travis Bunn. In the words of Mostly Junk Food, these guys have swooped in “on a rush of rubbed down vocals and slinky R&B notes of romantic grandeur like a driving nightcall that would make Ryan Gosling swoon.” Can’t beat that description so why try?

    Head over to Soundcloud to download this track for free. And it’s also on Spotify.

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