Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Goose Creek Symphony “Goose Creek Symphony"1970 US Country Rock


Goose Creek Symphony ‎ “Goose Creek Symphony"1970 US Country Rock
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If the Grateful Dead had come from Kentucky instead of San Francisco, they might have sounded much like these guys. "This song might sound kinda strange, but it’s got more soul than Home on the Range,” they accurately sing in “Talk About Goose Creek and Other Important Places,” an eight-minute psychedelic showstopper complete with Beatles-style tape tricks. This album is a fun listen that can suck even a city slicker into a stoned, good-time, backhills vibe…..by Mark Allan..allmusic…..~


A fellow Dj at the radio station I was on, whose taste in music is off the chart strange, really raved about this band. I had never heard of them, but thought “with a name like that, how ‘out there’ could they be?” Much like RDTEN1, I investigated some of their later, much more country flavored offerings first, and had all but written them off before finally discovering this gem in their catalogue. It’s still mostly country flavored rock, and somewhat inconsistent, but features good guitar and lots of psych influences…by…tymeshifter…~



“While Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar were scampering around in Pampers with wooden blocks, Charlie Gearheart and the Goose were fusing country and rock sounds like nobody else, plumbing the depths of hillbilly, folk, bluegrass and rock music almost two decades before any of that “no depression” stuff became tres chic. Goose Creek’s unique country rock hybrid had an earthier, more organic sound than just about anything coming out of Nashville circa 1971-74.” 
-Rev. Keith Gordon, Blurt Magazine, in praise of Goose Creek Sympnony….~
In the intersection of country and rock, sometimes a band comes along who clearly bit the country bug enough to get the right chops, but for some reason not enough to take it entirely serious. To my ears, Goose Creek Symphony’s debut, Established 1970, has a an overly slack-jawed approach – perhaps a cool nod that this hillbilly thing is just for kicks. But much like Ween’s brilliant Nashville foray, 12 Golden Country Greats, the music is too damn good to write off. 
Charlie’s Tune exemplifies my issue: they sing a little like phony bumpkins with a jaw harp, though the guitar is choogling and it grooves just right, you’re still embarrassed to play it in public. Luckily their cover of Satisfied Mind reads perfect and may be the one of the best I’ve heard. Talk About Goose Creek takes the irony even further, however, the jaw harp louder, ‘home on the range’ lyrics cheezier, but the groove is even more infectious with some bad ass drum work taking things for a psyched out ride. 
Mostly, only a few tracks are this polarizing. Beautiful Bertha and Confusion are solid stoned rockers, Raid on Brush Creek and Big Time Saturday Night both nail The Band’s americana strike zone, and closing ballad Symphony Music rounds out the record with breezy rural rock. 
I have been totally split on Est. 1970 but finally given in, and hard. There is no way to disqualify Goose Creek’s authenticity, their Arizona/Kentucky roots are for real and they’ve stayed true to their boldly unique style for many years now. I guess I have had the same problem with the Dillards in that the singing can, sometimes, just sound too faux-billy (or maybe it’s records that open with I’ll Fly Away). All I’ll say now is I love the record regardless, and you be the judge…..Rising Storm..review….~



Credits 
Bass – Dave Birkett* 
Guitar – Mike McFadden 
Guitar, Guitar [Dobro], Vocals – Paul Howard* 
Guitar, Piano, Organ, Vocals – Bob Henke III* 
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Producer – Ritchie Hart












Tracklist 
A1 I’ll Fly Away 
Written-By – Albert E. Brumley 
1:19 
A2 Charlie’s Tune 4:32 
A3 A Satisfied Mind 
Written-By – Jack Rhodes, Red Hayes 
3:20 
A4 Confusion 3:29 
A5 No News Is Good News 
Written-By – Mike McFadden 
3:52 
B1 Talk About Goose Creek And Other Important Places 8:19 
B2 Beautiful Bertha 3:06 
B3 Raid On Brush Creek 1:40 
B4 Big Time Saturday Night 3:32 
B5 Symphony Music 4:48 

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