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The best kept secret in music



Helmed by guitarist/ vocalist/songwriter Joe Hughes with guitarist Tom Cioppa , Drummer Pat Martucci and since departed bassist Mike Devine, Goldenseal kick off this extremely fine disc with a ballsy, swaggering slice of Who-huge, Foreigner- punchy radio crunch called "Forgive" which segues nicely into "Oliver's Song" a potential smash that boasts a shimmering, Ramones direct obvious hook and a Raspberries meets REM vibe.
A poignant pop single "Heroes" is a deceptively sunny Alarm- anthemic Sept 11th homage that gets its point across in a commercially catchy fashion. Silver Meteor combines Creed, Robyn Hitchcock, The Seeds, Smithereens and Soundgarden for a soulful Leslie- driven drift with an Allman Brothers fade; while "The Grind" packs a sneering Cult influenced looseness that begs for more volume and repeat plays.
Closing with another choice slab of moody East Coast edgy garage pop that'd sound awesmoe with an FM signal boost (uh, hint) special mention must be made of the crisp amazingly up front sonic pallet co producer Steve Deacutis (Sound Spa Studios) and mastering master Jim Sorenson borougt to the sessions that spawned this outstanding effort. - The Aquarian- Al Muzer


"Goldenseal 1" is currently being played on 90.5 The Night and 88.7 Rutgers radio in New Jersey. In addition, the CD is being played in Germany and Argentina and on several internet radio stations. Joe Hughes and Goldenseal are also regular guests on WRSU Rutgers radio on Geoff Pape's show: "Passing The Torch" and on Brian's "Overnite Sensations" radio show. ('s first TV appearance will be on Princeton Cable access at the "Cafe Improv."


Feeling a bit camera shy


Goldenseal is an American power pop-rock band. The band was formed in 1999 by frontman Joe Hughes. The name derives from a nutritional supplement which is supposed to boost one's immunity to illness and make you feel better.
This concept fits the band since its music has the same goal: to touch the listener in a positive and personal way.
In a short time this vibe has spread quickly. Goldenseal garnered Asbury Music Award nominations in 2003, 2004 and 2005 as the "Top Pop Band", "Top Rock Band", and for the "Top Local Release" for "Goldenseal 1."
In 2004, Goldenseal scored a major coup by being chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the WDHA 105.5 FM "Best Unsigned Band" in New Jersey competition.
In addition, Goldenseal has been tapped to open for many national acts including: Better Than Ezra, Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors and Rick Springfield.
Goldenseal is set apart from other bands because when they are on-stage the club feels good to be in. You feel compelled to sing along with the great hooks and move to the awesome rhythms of drummer Pat Martucci and bassist Jesse Kessler. The blazing guitar hooks of John Bongiovanni will rock you too.
The band has also attracted a whole new host of fans with "acoustic Goldenseal" by playing gigs where the songs are performed in "unplugged" fashion.