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Deena Goodman @ Joe's Pub

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

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The best kept secret in music


Some days this job just makes you shake your head. As in, what      is the world coming to when as unmistakable a talent as Deena Goodman is self-publishing EPs instead of having her face plastered across a billboard high above Sunset Boulevard?

Maybe it's the whole Britney influence. After all, Goodman looks      less like the oversexed, underdressed skanks that "moral values"-minded      Middle America continues to worship than the quietly intelligent young lady     you might expect to find running the counter at Kinko's until she moves on   to bigger things.

Don't be fooled by the shy-girl-in-the-corner album cover, though.    Deena Goodman is without a doubt the best female blues singer I've heard since      I picked up my first Susan Tedeschi disc. She's a singer-songwriter who has      chosen a genre and not just gotten comfortable in it, but made it her own.      And while Hard To Get To only offers five songs, it already rates as      one of the most enjoyable listens to show up in my mailbox this year.

The arrangements feature easy-glide blues guitar over organ      and electric piano in support of Goodman's rangy, consistently appealing vocals.      Opener "Hard To Get To" is a good example of how she folds and twists      the basic blues framework to fit her intentions, featuring a very contemporary,      self-aware lyric while layering a lilting blues-rock melody over a chorus      that begs the listener for a sing-along.

The second cut, "Sometimes," is the one that really      blew me away, though. How many Britney lookalikes could write a song with      the steely self-awareness of a Bonnie Raitt confessional and the clever wordplay      of a Top Ten country single, and then sing it with the straight-from-the-gut      passion of a young Tina Turner? No, really, it's that impressive.

The other three songs here -- "Walking All Over,"      "Too Damaged To Care" and "Your Rock" (the latter co-written      by Spin Doctors vocalist Chris Barron) -- all shine in their own ways as they      move through a series of steady, appealing grooves. All five cuts are co-written      by Goodman and producer Mike Shimshack, and feature right-on-the-money instrumental      support from a crack studio team that includes Andy Hess (Gov't Mule), Nir      Z (John Mayer), Billy Stein (Boy George) and Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter).      Stein's fluid organ work and Levine's nimble, expressive guitar rate special    notice.

What brought this all-star team together is obvious -- they      know talent when they hear it. Deena Goodman is a major find who's just waiting      for the world to wake up to her. Consider this your alarm clock buzzing.

RATING: A- - The Daily Vault: March 18, 2005

"Deena Goodman: With a sultry voice, R&B inflections and a talented band  backing her, Deena Goodman is armed to the teeth. She sings sincere  lyrics over up-tempo beats. (think Mary J. Blige meets Lucinda  Williams.) Goodman’s live performances are like a religious experience:  She won’t quit till you’re feeling it." -


"Hard To Get To" EP released January 2005

Track List:
Hard to Get To
Walking All Over
Too Damaged to Care
Your Rock

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Feeling a bit camera shy


Goodman is a musician whose talent effortlessly soars above that of her peers. Infused with honey-coated pop hooks that gently affix themselves to your memory, Goodman’s sound is subtly complex, combining soul, jazz, blues and rock. Slide her album into your stereo, and you will understand from the moment you hear the first notes, that the motivation to make music is etched into every corner of this singer’s soul. “It’s just a natural inclination for me to want to do this,” she says. “I always felt music was the natural route I was going to take.” Goodman, who wanted the instrumentation on the album to be a strong aspect of its appeal, worked with Andy Hess on bass (Govt. Mule, Black Crowes), Nir Z on drums (John Mayer), Billy Stein on keys (Boy George), and Duke Levine on guitar (Mary Chapin Carpenter).