Palo Duro on Tour at Meow Wolf

Monday, March 20, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Meow Wolf

1315 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe NM 87507


| Price: $10 / $12 at the door


Phone | (505) 395-6369

Palo Duro is the pulsating, technicolor universe of Michael J Winningham, an

Austin based songwriter previously fronting the band Gold Beach.

In July 2012, Michael reached out to his childhood friend, producer Sam Cohen

(Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) to continue work on a new Gold Beach record. As

teenagers, Sam helped Michael arrange his first song at a house party in Houston

TX. They were 16 years old at the time. Fast forward many years later and

this creative synergy proved to be strong—Instantly, in the studio, exciting

and bold ideas emerged. Collaboration and endless possibilities informed the

arrangements between Sam, Michael, and keyboardist Carlos Orozco, and a new

spirit was born. This was no longer Gold Beach.

Two years flew by and a rotating cast of musicians were invited to join the

recording process. New songs emerged from studios in Wimberley TX, New York

City, and Los Angeles. In this time, 23 songs were recorded, and eventually,

Michael would name the project Palo Duro. In the summer of 2016, the music

was introduced to 30th Century Records founder Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse,

and plans began to release the music.

The first single, Darken the Glow, is a William Onyeabor inspired pop song with

scaling guitars, a dirty back beat and a chorus that soars in the direction

of Quincy Jones. Darken the Glow embodies the trust, the celebration, and

ultimately, the creativity of this body of work and the people involved.

It releases on March 10th worldwide, along with B-Side companion track,

Surrender, by the late great synth/punk duo Suicide.

Surrender was once described by Pitchfork as the perfect “Twin Peaks prom

song”, and was recorded in 1982 on the Ric Ocasek produced album Way of

Life. Palo Duro’s cover of the song stays true to the original but more

aggressively pursues the reverb laced vocals and pounding electronic drums

from the original. Jesca Hoop makes an appearance on back up vocals courtesy

of Sub Pop Records.

Palo Duro performs in 2017 at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin,

Texas as well as Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho. The band will tour the

West Coast in late March.