1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bhi Bhiman & Goodnight, Texas

Bhi Bhiman & Goodnight, Texas

Thu, June 18, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Bhi Bhiman
Bhi Bhiman
"What a voice Bhi Bhiman has: full-bodied and brawny but delicate" - The New York Times

"A striking singer and penetrating melodist" - Bob Christgau, NPR All Things Considered

"There's a Flight of the Conchords-style mischief to Bhiman's writing: a mix of folk oddities, social outrages and sticky black humour" - Drowned in Sound

Bhi Bhiman is an American singer/songwriter. His musical style has drawn a diverse range of comparisons from Rodriguez and Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone and Bill Withers. Bhiman credits his upbringing – the son of Sri Lankan immigrants, growing up in suburban St. Louis – as playing an important role in his songwriting. An accomplished guitarist and clever lyricist, it is Bhiman's unique voice that truly sets him apart. The Washington Post's Bill Friskics-Warren has said, "what strikes you first about Bhi Bhiman's music is his voice — a keening, gender-neutral yawp that's as earthy as it is ethereal, as puckish as it is wise."

His debut album, BHIMAN, was released independently to critical acclaim, culminating with a performance on the BBC's Later…with Jools Holland. There he met Soundgarden frontman (and early musical hero) Chris Cornell. Impressed with Bhiman's performance, Cornell asked him to join his sold out North American tour. Critics and fans praised both his opening set and his feature on songs like Hungerstrike – which they performed together each night.

Other highlights have included a lauded performance at Carnegie Hall in tribute to Prince which Rolling Stone called the most memorable performance of the night, noting "his vocals [gave] off a haunted air that left the crowd speechless". Bhi also enjoyed co-writing with other artists including like Stax staple William Bell and The Coup's Boots Riley.

In May, Bhiman will release his follow-up LP, Rhythm & Reason, produced by Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter). The 10 song album reveals more of his soul and R&B influences yet maintains the singer/songwriter tradition for which Bhiman is known.
Goodnight, Texas
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.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147