2/3 Goat

2/3 Goat

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Fronted by lead singers Annalyse McCoy & Ryan Dunn, 2/3 Goat's melding of alt-country, bluesy folk and classic rock echo the core members' diverse roots: Annalyse descended directly from the infamous McCoys of Eastern Kentucky, and Ryan deeply rooted in the beach culture of southern New Jersey.

Biography

Fronted by lead singers Annalyse McCoy & Ryan Dunn, 2/3 Goat's melding of alt-country, bluesy folk and classic rock echo the core members' diverse roots: Annalyse descended directly from the infamous McCoys of Eastern Kentucky, and Ryan deeply rooted in the beach culture of southern New Jersey.

2/3 Goat's new album Let It Rise has been celebrated in American Songwriter Magazine, Austin Town Hall, Elmore Magazine, Mother Church Pew, Surviving the Golden Age, and more.

The band released songs digitally throughout 2015 as part of their yearlong album project, Let It Rise. In April 2016, they released the entire 7-song record in physical form. Multiple producers are involved in this project: "Sonic Wizard" Charles A. Martinez (Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Steely Dan, On the Town Broadway soundtrack); Scott Sharrard (guitar player & music director for Gregg Allman, touted as "Allman's Secret Weapon"); and Noel Golden (Edwin McCain, Matchbox 20, Willie Nelson, Meat Loaf, Lee Ann Womack, Whitesnake).

McCoy, a seasoned performer, grew up singing at festivals & renowned venues throughout Kentucky. She attended Northern Kentucky University earning a BFA. During this time, she also recorded a solo album, Movin' On, and was invited to sing the female lead on "Darlin'," a track by 500 Miles to Memphis on their album Sunshine in a Shot Glass.​

Dunn started singing early as well, performing with the Barnegat Bay Breeze singers on the boardwalks at a young age. While attending Elon University, Dunn was a member of the vocal jazz group Elan. He was also a cofounder of Twisted Measure, Elon's very first a Capella group, which from its conception won prestigious awards. He and McCoy met in New York City, and soon after, 2/3 Goat was born.

In 2010, After winning the MR King Productions Singer-Songwriter Competition, the band released their first EP, Up The Mountain. The album was recorded at Tainted Blue Studio (formerly the penthouse of Quad Studios) in Times Square, NYC with producer Patrick Shaw.

In 2011, their second EP Stream of Conscience was recorded in Nashville at Welcome to 1979 Studios with producer Chris Mara (Gin Blossoms, Rounder Records) on a restored MCI 2’ 24 track tape then mixed in pro-tools, giving the album an “old meets new Nashville” feel. The album features prominent Nashville musician Russ Pahl on pedal steel. The console used to record Stream of Conscience is museum-worthy: a fully restored 1978 MCI JH428 originally owned by Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner (aka “Mr. Grand Ole Opry”).

2/3 Goat's album Stream of Conscience and their music video of the title track gained them recognition & features from outlets such as The Huffington Post, AOL Music, New York Music Daily, and others. 

Annalyse & Ryan went on the road, heavily touring in support of Stream of Conscience along with fiddler Ryan Guerra. Touring as an acoustic trio in many cities, they picked up rhythm sections in certain larger towns such as Nashville. This organic fan base building gave 2/3 Goat a strong foundation and even helped broaden the music.

A portion of their touring has always involved festivals and rallies in support of a cause near and dear to 2/3 Goat: fighting mountaintop removal coal mining. On Stream of Conscience, both the title track and the song "Green Paper Mountains" address this issue.

July 2014 saw the release of 2/3 Goat's single, "It's in the Blood," available digitally worldwide. The song was recorded at The Sanctuary in Nashville, and features guitarist Jesse Isley (Will Hoge). The song was inspired by Annalyse's bloodline, as she is a descendant of the McCoys of eastern Kentucky who feuded with the Hatfields. The lyrics seek to explain the rage and fire in the heart of a McCoy, but they are universal in theme and exemplify a family pride that all human beings can relate to.

2/3 Goat has played on stage with such artists as Kathy Mattea, The Black Lillies, The Cadillac Three, Trent Wagler of The Steel Wheels, Big Kenny of Big & Rich, and Daniel Martin Moore.

Lyrics

Stream of Conscience

Written By: Annalyse McCoy & Ryan Dunn; additional lyrics by Nina McCoy

Stream of Conscience
Copyright ©2011, 2/3 Goat
Written by Annalyse McCoy & Ryan Dunn; Additional Lyrics by Nina McCoy

A broken fiddle plays o’er my grandfather’s grave
To a dying culture it screams a serenade
A drugged sleep, my people curse and decades gone
A story I heard not too far and not too long ago

A man came to this land, this dark and bloody ground
He walked through my back door, asked if he could stick around
I knew his intention so I turned him away
But a permit to destroy my home said do it anyway

Ooh

He paints his face with the color of the center of the mountain
He lies in wait for machines to mine the coal
Bomb detonates and it leaves me countin’
One less top of a mountain left, and one more soul that’s sold

Ooh

Ooh

Stream of Conscience, hear my cry
I don’t want my hills to die
Pour on me your sanctifying truth
It’s your home to lose

How much would you give, sir, for this your mother’s ground?
I’d give my whole life, sir, I’d lay my body down
Just like my grandfather who dug deep in the ground
He dug for coal, and then he left without a sound

Ooh

Oh rock of ages, these hills were cleft for me
Old faithful mountains, now you’ve taken them for free
And filled the hollows of the people of this land
Poisoned our water, all at Old King Coal’s demand

Ooh

Ooh

Stream of Conscience, hear my cry
I don’t want my hills to die
Pour on me your sanctifying truth
It’s your home to lose
It’s your life to choose

Love can move mountains, real Love would keep them there
Your runoff runneth over and out my sink
But your runoff is not fit for me to drink

For some clean water, man, I’ll lay my body down
For my coal-stained fathers, I will lay my body down
For all these nations, I will lay my body down
For my unborn children, I will lay my body down

(The mask of progress) For some clean water, won’t you lay your body down
(On the face of greed) For your coal-stained fathers, won’t you lay your body down
(They took away) For all these nations, won’t you lay your body down
(What they did not need) For these green mountains, won’t you lay your body down

(The mask of progress) Lay your body down
(On the face of greed) Oh, lay your body down
(They took away) Lay your body down
(What they did not need) Oh, lay your body down

Before it’s gone