Nicolette Good
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Nicolette Good

Austin, TX | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Austin, TX | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Americana Singer/Songwriter

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Jan
18
Nicolette Good @ The Bugle Boy

LaGrange, TX

LaGrange, TX

Nov
28
Nicolette Good @ Sam's Burger Joint

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

Apr
21
Nicolette Good @ Sam's Burger Joint

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

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“Nicolette Good writes like butter melts.” – Troubadour, TX - Troubadourtx.com


"Good's voice is flawless throughout the album" - Enrique Lopetegui - San Antonio Current


No wonder you turned out in droves to vote in Nicolette Good as this year’s best singer-songwriter. Her voice is pure ear candy. It’s an ethereal thing, one part smoky youth, another part fluorescent wisdom, a dream you just woke up from and are dying to remember. I learned this seeing her perform at Casbeers one chilly Saturday night during the Melissa Ludwig Band CD release party. Good took the stage with her acoustic, her voice, and her sideman Jesse Basham on electric. She filled the church with smoldering alt-country balladry and worked the crowd like it was improv night.

“I owe Houston and I-10 a lot of material,” she said. “This song is called ‘The Mechanic.’ It’s not one you want to play in front of your mother, so thank God she’s busy tonight!”

The next day, Good and I connected “Mechanic” to other pudendal songs of yore (like “Pink Cadillac” and “Little Red Corvette”) on a Starbucks patio. For her, “Mechanic” is a tribute to Alberta Hunter’s campy, bluesy “My Handy Man,” a cornucopia of hilarious sex euphemisms. (ed. Note: We highly recommend you google Hunter’s 1981 performance; it’s adorable and raunchy all at once.)

Then she shifted gears and, by her lonesome, Good played me “Marathon,” inadvertently revealing in her work something most country pickers lack: subtext. The tune is a love letter from a woman to a man, whose mostly pure message is sullied by the song’s eerie chord phrasing. It’s Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” run off the road and wrapped around a tree, in the style of Good’s more contemporary musical idols, Gillian Welch and Neko Case.

Good appears at ease behind the guitar, whether onstage or in a corporate coffeeshop, unfurling double entendres and complicated emotional stories. Stop the music, and Good readily admits it’s harder for her to connect. She says she’s never really been comfortable in social situations, even if the stage is one place where she excels. She’s battled panic attacks for a few years now.

“The first major one was in college,” she said. “I was interviewing for a position on [Trinity’s] literary magazine [The Trinity Review]. It was like this; I met the people in a coffeeshop and that was intense.”

And yet, Good has spent the year pursuing one new venture after another. This year, she put out a Craigslist ad to start a band. She registered her music with BMI and attended the 11th Annual Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference, taking pointers from fellow Texas folkie Terri Hendrix. She even scored an eight-minute set between talks at the TEDx San Antonio conference.

On her blog, Good described herself as “righteously indignant” about the general toil of the music business, in addition to the nerve-frying networking. With Good, Kanye-style venting sessions are generally followed by self-analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy.

“Your talents and charms make our gods weep a tidal wave of poetry,” she blogged to herself recently, after listing all of her recent accomplishments in another post to boost her ego.

The constant self-coaching, regular social discomfort, and industry hustle are paying off. Good writes a song almost every week, and she’ll ring in the New Year at a show with punk-y-roll stalwarts Piñata Protest and accordion legend Flaco Jimenez. It’s all for the craft, she said.

“Who needs drugs when you have live music?” she asked. “Not that I’ve ever smoked pot, [because] if I did, I’m pretty sure I’d get a panic attack.” •
- San Antonio Current


This is a beautifully produced album, with dynamic peaks and valleys.” – Americana Music Times, Review of “Monarch” - Americana Music Times


“Good has a slight drawl and some of the sandy bittersweet warble of Beth Orton, a bit of the phrasing and lyrical vividness of Joni Mitchell, and the haunting depth of the late great Sandy Denny.” – Mark Keresman, Icon (Oct. 2012) - Icon


Magnificent, melodic and memorable – Arthur Wood, Maverick Magazine (Oct. 2012) - Maverick Magazine


Good is a poet of the first order. – D.c. Bloom, Lone Star Music - Lone Star Music


“Good is an insightful and unsympathetic observer of the world she sees around her … and imagines for us.” - Lone Star Music


“A "powerful vocalist with a jones for storytelling country-folk rock"”
Callie Enlow - San Antonio Magazine - San Antonio Magazine


"Her first CD, a five-song, two-headed effort [ranges] from an introspective and acoustic singer-songwriter style to an upbeat, if stripped down, countrified Tex-Mex rock sound with a little Cowboy Junkies and Edie Brickell thrown in."
Jim Beal Jr. and Hector Saldana - San Antonio Express-News Weekender - San Antonio Express-News


Discography

Little Boat on a Wave (Upcoming, 2015)
Monarch (2012)
Studio A Plugged-In (KRTU) (2011)
The San Antonio Current's 25th Anniversary Compilation CD, (2011)
Nicolette Good (2010)

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Bio

Nicolette Good is a Texas singer-songwriter and 2012 winner of the Kerrville New Folk competition. In a voice that's at once refined and raw, Nicolette sings with penetrating insight about hope, wrenching love, and the mysteries of everyday life. Her clever and effortless storytelling shines in toe-tappers like "Aloha" and "All the Time in the World." Songs like "Hurricane Caroline" tell intimate stories of enigmatic, tragic characters. Nicolette released "Little Boat on a Wave" (2015) following a residential artist program called The Lighthouse Works in New York. Critics have called her “a songwriter to follow” and “a poet of the first order."

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