Goodnight, Texas is a band whose strength lies in unexpected sweet spots. Drawing their name from Pat and Avi’s onetime geographic midpoint (the real town of Goodnight in the State of Texas, a tiny hamlet east of Amarillo), the four-piece also exists at the center of its songwriters’ contrasting styles — via a 1913 Gibson A mandolin and a 2015 Danelectro, at the crossroads of folk and blues and rock ‘n roll, in a place where dry wit and dark truths meet hope and utmost sincerity.
“Conductor” is GNTX’s third full-length. It’s ambitious, dynamic and more electrically inclined than 2012’s “A Long Life of Living” or 2014’s “Uncle John Farquhar.” The album carries the listener from barn-burner to soul-searcher to banjo ballad and back again, all built on a powerful foundation from bassist Scott Griffin Padden and drummers Alex Nash and Kyle Caprista. It’s a record colored by grief, confusion, joy and the weight of the world. In the four years since the band members’ last release, they lost Pat’s dad, Avi’s grandfather and Scott’s mom. Pat and his wife had a baby boy. Alex became a professional baseball umpire. Britain left the EU and Donald Trump is the president of the United States. But “Conductor” is, more accurately, a record about turning points — personal, political, musical, global — and their possibilities.