The Goodkings

The Goodkings

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The Goodkings are a rootsy, funky Austin band that has been compared to the Dave Matthews Band, the Black Crowes and the Old 97s. Their sound combines elements of indie rock, gospel, blues and folk to create toe-tapping songs that are philosophical, catchy and down-to-earth.

Biography

The Goodkings are a rootsy, funky Austin band that has been compared to the Dave Matthews Band, the Black Crowes and the Old 97s. Their sound combines elements of indie rock, gospel, blues and folk to create toe-tapping songs that are topical, philosophical, catchy and down-to-earth.

The story of the Goodkings starts with a bicycle accident. Jeremy Goodking nearly got run over by a truck while biking to work one morning in March 2006 -- the crash sent him flying and left him with both arms broken. At the time, he was playing guitar with Austin vaudeville-pop group Dog Legs & Feet, and they had a wedding gig lined up for the following weekend. Needless to say, Jeremy didn't play it.

With casts on both arms, Jeremy was unable to play guitar for several weeks. Instead he focused on songwriting, delving into the catalog of original tunes that he had written over the past decade, stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. To his surprise, he found at least two or three albums' worth of good songs there, and ideas for dozens more. After the casts came off, Jeremy began performing solo shows at Austin coffeehouses and looking for a band.

In January 2007, he hooked up with bassist Steve Allen (formerly of Bedrock) and drummer Hector del Toro (formerly of the Randy Rogers band). The three immediately hit it off, and discovered that they shared what is known in the music industry as a "vibe." They are now "grooving," as the kids say, in various venues around Austin and planning to do some recording as soon as they get around to it.

In the meantime, you can find free demo mp3s at http://www.myspace.com/thegoodkings, http://www.mp3.com/artist/the-goodkings/ and http://music.download.com/jeremygoodking.

About the band:

Jeremy Goodking (vocals, guitar, harmonica) - Jeremy grew up backstage. His father played keyboards in a country-western dance band in Dallas, Texas, and Jeremy spent countless afternoons on the sidelines of band rehearsals, even tagging along on a summer tour. He started taking violin lessons at age 11, then switched to the guitar four years later. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996, he spent a few years traveling the world on the cheap, always with a guitar in hand - including stints in England, Japan, Europe, Central America, Malaysia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and even Antarctica. In between travels he returned to Austin, recording albums and playing periodic shows with folk-pop ensemble Dog Legs & Feet. He now lives in Austin with his wife and son.

Hector del Toro (drums) - Hector grew up in Uvalde, Texas, and was first pictured with a drum (a Mickey Mouse snare) at the age of four. He started teaching himself to play drums around age 12 -- his first kit was a chair and a lamp, with sticks cut from a mop handle that he took from underneath the neighbor's house. When he was in the 8th grade, Hector saw an MTV broadcast of Guns N Roses Live at the Roxy - two hours of the rawest music that by the end had transformed him, and there was no looking back. His major influences are John Densmore, Carter Beauford, Stewart Copeland and Carlton Barrett. Hector has been in several bands, including Quixote Joe, Too Small Shoes and the Randy Rogers band, and has had a little experience sleeping on people's couches. He likes to drink Miller High Life and eat Hot'N Spicy Pork Skins. He was married in January 2007.

Steve Allen (bass guitar) - Steve, a native Texan, started playing guitar in 1968 and picked up the bass in 1972. He has been playing bass more or less full-time since 1974, and started learning to run sound for live shows at about the same time. He likes to play original music of all kinds and styles. Before joining the Goodkings, Steve played in Bedrock, a rhythm & blues/soul band, and has worked with singer/songwriters including Rebecca Cole and Scott Hawley. He also has an electronica side-project called Vessel. Steve is the former owner of a recording company, Funhouse Studio, and of a live sound company; he now runs Funhouse Music, an artist-management and production group focusing on Americana/Roots music. Steve has a 21-year-old son.

Lyrics

Don't Hurry Me

Written By: Jeremy Goodking

I guess I've known it was coming to me all along
ever since the very first day
They say it comes to all of us eventually
I believe in the circle of life
and the natural persistence of energy
but if you should meet that rider
on the road ahead of you
won't you tell him something for me, tell him I say

Please, please, please don't hurry me
Please, please, please don't hurry me

In the black night there's a man
in a black hat and a black coat
with a black spot on a black card in his hand
It's not that I'm afraid, I'm just
trying to tell you how much I love the light
So many little moments, so many chances
to get things right, finally right
So if I don't jump in line
on the first time that they call my name,
I hope they'll understand, when I say

Please, please, please don't hurry me
Please, please, please don't hurry me
Please, please, please don't hurry me
Please, please, please don't hurry me

It's not that I'm afraid
I'm just trying to tell you
how much I love the light
cause you know that I do love the light

Daddy Gotta Take That Toy Away

Written By: Jeremy Goodking

Well daddy's little baby
got ahold of the matchbook
set fire to a short fuse
and hung around till the ground shook
Now the doors are off the hinges
and there's cracks in the crystal
and no one can find daddy's little baby
or the axe and the pistol, oh no

Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Sweet baby don't you play with fire

Well daddy's little baby
got ahold of the pocket knife
peeled a poison apple
and cut daddy off a great big slice
daddy went to heaven
and daddy went to hell
so baby's putting in an orchard
gonna grow enough to sell, oh no

Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Sweet baby don't you play with fire

Daddy says baby you misbehave
time to go right to your room
Baby says daddy I got a place downtown
and believe me I'll be there soon
Daddy says baby how come you never
do just what I say?
And baby says daddy it's a free country
and anyway all you ever say is

Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Sweet baby don't you play with fire

Well daddy's little baby
got ahold of the credit card
stepped out to see a movie
and came home in a brand new jaguar
baby drove to the north pole
had a chat with santa clause
now baby's in Beverly Hills
can't remember who daddy was, oh no

Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Daddy gotta take that toy away
Sweet baby don't you play with fire

Dear Customer

Written By: Jeremy Goodking

Dear customer
we interrupt this program to bring you
a secret invitation to join our beautiful family
and it's absolutely absolutely free

Sweet, sweet resident
you've always been there for me, no matter where we are
and I'd like to make this offer last an unlimited time
I never would have thought that we'd have come this far

We work so hard
to put this life together
somewhere between what makes your heart sing
and what goes on forever

Remember when we were alone and alive
and a long long way from here
and we were young enough to know that somewhere out across the ocean
all our troubles would just disappear

I see you every morning now
and kiss you on the doorstep of my soul
and I can't believe my luck to have so much love all around me
and to have it all so under control

We work so damn hard
to keep this life together
somewhere between what makes your heart sing
and what goes on forever

Goddamn the artifice
that put you on the outside of these walls
maybe you and I could build a tiny boat and sail away
sit together and watch the stars fall

Little words remind me
of obligation and responsibility
but why don't we take this bank account and pour it out into the ocean
and be absolutely absolutely free

Discography

The Goodkings are working toward making a servicable demo recording, and eventually a commercial CD. In the meantime, some low-fi audio files are online at http://www.myspace.com/thegoodkings.

Jeremy Goodking also appears on the following albums:

* Bottom (1999) [with Dog Legs & Feet]. A vivacious live CD featuring original tunes by Jeremy and his erstwhile DLF bandmates.

* Shakespeare's Palpable Hits (2003) [with Dog Legs & Feet]. Songs from the plays of William Shakespeare, set to fun, catchy modern music written by DLF and friends.

Set List

The band plays up to a 2-hour show. They perform the following original songs:

* Curtains - Driving rock song about fathers & songs.

* Beautiful Time - Wistful country waltz, and many people's favorite Goodkings tune.

* Mesopotamia - Anti-war anthem.

* Mama Chari - tongue-in-cheek love song to a Japanese bicycle; lots of rhythmic changes and a singalong chorus.

* Daddy Gotta Take That Toy Away - Squirrel-nut-zippers-style swing tune with lots of clever lyrical twists.

* God Would Not Let Me Settle Down - Bluesy rock song based around a line from Gandhi's autobiography.

* Amritsar - Upbeat pop/rock song about Gandhi's nonviolence movement in India (and nonviolence in general).

* Dear Customer - Wistful pop/rock song about love amongst the middle class.

* Sweet Vidalia - Black Crowes-ish roots-rock song about loving a headstrong woman.

* Sad Sad Girl - Clever folk/country song with 2 interlacing sets of lyrics that play off each other.

* Out of My Head -