July 15, 2013

“Goodnight, Texas got a post office in 1888. Some time later, Patrick Dyer Wolf and Avi Vinocur came across each other out in San Francisco and took to learning each other’s melodies. Young Avi came from people with deep roots in the skinny part of Maryland. Young Patrick was out west to seek thrills but after a year or two he went east to find fortune and love in the Carolinas. Before he left, they put some songs to tape, and kept in touch. They met again on the east coast and then the west coast, picking up steam and band members. They played in earnest. “A Long Life of Living” is the product of their travels, their whispers and roars, their sounds made with steel and wood, and the echo of our country’s past and the town of Goodnight, exactly halfway between their current residences (if you take I-40.)”

Check the band out at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify. The band hits Pittsburgh on Wednesday behind their fantastic debut release, “A Long Life of Living“. I want to thank Patrick Dyer Wolf (Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin/Vocals), Avi Vinocur (Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin/Vocals), Scott Griffin Padden (Bass) and Alex Nash (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Patrick Dyer Wolf: The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour”.
  • Scott Griffin Padden: “The Presidents of the United States of America”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Avi Vinocur: Jake Bugg.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Pat and Avi: Nirvana, “Unplugged”.
  • Alex Nash: Vic Chesnutt, “At The Cut”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Alex: Lou Reed and Metallica, “Lulu”.
  • First concert attended?
  • Alex: Blink 182 and Green Day at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA.
  • Last concert?
  • Scott: Dawes at the Independent, San Francisco, CA, New Year’s Eve, 2013.
  • Pat: Chatham County Line at Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Avi: Shovels and Rope and Jonny Corndawg at Snug Harbor, Charlotte, NC, April 13, 2012.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • We’re having a difficult time placing a notably negative musical experience. Ain’t life grand?!
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • None of us has ever been to Pittsburgh (although Scott once dated a Carnegie Mellon grad) and so our visit will be a momentous occasion for everyone in Goodnight, Texas. From all accounts, including footage from PNC Park, scenes in “She’s Out of My League,” and various eyewitness evidence, we believe it to be a lovely town and we are very excited.
  • Thanks, fellas. You guys some eclectic influences going on there. I can hear it in your album, which I LOVE, by the way.