John Gates and Bill Goodell, seasoned coffee-shoppers turned folk-rock duo, met at a 4-day Jimmy Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina) songwriter performance workshop. Sharing musical backgrounds and tastes, they began playing local showcases and open-mics in the music-rich Santa Barbara area and quickly gained notice and booking in the region. Their original songs are personal, and real, and range from haunting ballads to rollicking novelties. Their shows are distinguished by the amount of richness in harmony and arrangement they accomplish with only two performers. John and Bill have shared the stage with some legendary musicians including Jim Messina, Kenny Edwards, Freebo, Crosby Loggins, Chris Polonus, Kate Wallace and a veritable who's who of local Santa Barbara musicians. They have received seven "honorable mention" awards in the Billboard World Song Contest and the release party for their newly completed full CD "Can Life Be So Simple" was the highest grossing Friday night at Cold Spring Tavern this year.
John Gates: Guitars and Vocals
Bill Goodell: Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals, Horns, Harmonica
Latest CD: Can Life Be So Simple?- 13 song self released 6/29/07
EP: Snapshots- 7 song released 4/04
Solo EPs: Beyond The Fence (Gates), Donut Girl (Goodell) 4/03
Samples available on www.gatesandgoodell.com and myspace.com/gatesgoodell
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What a find! Clever lyrics ranging from intellectual, intense, deep to funny, offhand and completely...What a find! Clever lyrics ranging from intellectual, intense, deep to funny, offhand and completely entertaining. This CD takes me on an enjoyable journey lead by two very different and equally engaging musicians. Love the mandolin and the horns!
Cold Spring Tavern
"Your CD is perfect!"
Gates & Goodell typically play two or three hour shows with 50-minute sets (about 11 songs/set). Shows are made up of mostly original material, but each set generally contains 1-3 covers that fit well with the Gates & Goodell sound. Covers include Simon & Garfunkel, Beatles, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Neil Diamond, America, etc.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.