This weekend will be a double-dose of Music on the Mountain, with shows on Saturday and Sunday. First up on September 6th is The Goodman Band, a hard rockin’ trio based out of Grand Junction. The Goodman Band is comprised of Gerry Goodman (guitar and lead vocals), John Brown (bass guitar) and Darin Elwell (drums). The three of them produce a huge sound together, and we can’t wait to hear what they will bring to the Music on the Mountain stage for the first time! We asked Gerry Goodman for a little background on the band to get us even more pumped for the show.
NJ: What’s the “origin story” of The Goodman Band?
GG: Darin and I started playing together eight or nine years ago in Grand Junction. We were the “house band” for a bar called DJ’s Roadhouse. John joined us about four years ago and we’ve become quite a tight little unit.
NJ: Did you grow up playing music?
GG: I was three years old when I started taking guitar seriously. I actually have an old photo of me playing a plastic guitar when I was a year and a half old, it’s pretty funny! I was a young teenager when I finally got the courage to play in front of people and I was 17 when I started playing for a living.
NJ: Who were you influenced by?
GG: My musical influences are vast. I grew up listening to Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry….all those guys from the 50′s. As soon as my dad brought home the first Beatles album (Meet The Beatles), it was game over! I’ve been a Beatles fan since ’64. I didn’t take much stock in the blues until I heard Johnny Winter and then Stevie Ray Vaughan. I fell in love with the blues and I started doing my homework to see who influenced Johnny and Stevie. I grew up on country music too: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Glen Campbell.
NJ: What was one of your best times performing as a band?
GG: We got to open Rock Jam 2009 [in Grand Junction] on the Main Stage; that was fun and scary! We also opened Country Jam 2010 on the Main Stage as our Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Band (Texas Flood). Some of the bigger events here in Grand Junction are fun to play, like the Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge. We’ve had lots of fun gigs over the last nine years.
NJ: Where are your favorite places to play?
GG: Every winter we get to play in Aspen at a place called the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. You get to meet people from all over the world there! The Black Nugget in Carbondale is always a blast, as is the Powderhorn Ski Resort.
NJ: What is the best part about playing professionally as a musician/band?
GG: The best part of being in a band is when we’re on stage and the three of us are hitting on all cylinders. We’ve played together for so long that we know what each other is thinking and what note or beat is coming next.
NJ: How do you try to connect with the audience when you play?
GG: When doing cover tunes, it helps to do songs the audience knows, that way they’re already halfway there as far as having fun. Some songs lend themselves to singing along with us; once you get them singing along, they feel like part of the show!
NJ: How would you best describe the sound of the band?
GG: We’ve been described as the fullest sounding three-piece band out there. I’ve learned to play rhythm and lead guitar simultaneously, much like all my favorite three-piece bands: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Who, Nirvana, and so on. We over-play to fill in the holes in the music and it sounds pretty phat!
NJ: Anything else you would like people to know about The Goodman Band?
GG: The Goodman Band takes pride in being able to play nearly any kind of music, and quite authentically. We play everything from country to rockabilly to classic rock to blues to heavy metal to acoustic. We are proudly fearless. Come and check us out !
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