Zeb Gould
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Zeb Gould

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"Zeb Gould interview"

Follow this link to read a recent interview in Postcard Elba.
- Postcard Elba

"Zeb Gould Review"

[Excerpt] "...Then one evening Zeb Gould showed up with his 12 string guitar, and changed my perception of what I even thought possible for a performance of this magnitude. I felt as though John Fahey and Neil Young, in an effort to simultaneously squeeze through the door of our minuscule club, had somehow fused into a single inimitable force of virtuosic playing and nuanced composition. Zeb Gould seemed to have come from nowhere, and I was completely floored. I’ve been a fan ever since."

To see the full review and/or to download the free Digital 7" release through The Ampeater Review, follow the link below:

- The Ampeater Review

"Zeb on NPR.com"

Open Mic, November 16, 2006 · While working as an archivist for classical composer Philip Glass, Zeb Gould started recording some work of his own. In college, Gould had developed a repertoire of fingerstyle instrumental works for the 12 and six-string guitar. His sessions in Glass' studio resulted in the album All of the Morningbirds, which includes the track "The Green Line," Gould's interpretation of a bustling Metro station.

Originally from Jersey City, N.J., Gould went to college in Bloomington, Ind. While studying, he practiced fingerstyle guitar by learning and deconstructing the works of John Fahey, Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Gould opened for acts such as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Kim Ritchie, Edith Frost and Sue Garner and became involved with the band Magnolia Electric Co.'s side projects. In one such project, he played lead electric guitar with fingerpicks for the Cinnamon Girls, a Neil Young cover band that played entire records as sets.

After graduating, Gould moved east to New York City with Megan Weeder. Weeder, a violinist, joins Gould on "Two Sisters," the last track on his album. - National Public Radio

"FAME - All of the Morningbirds Review"

...Gould's ace card...is a compositional intelligence departing from the mainstay of the style's wont. Like Peter Lang, he incorporates elements not easily identified but which expand the parameters of the ouevre nicely. A bluegrassy base remains the heart, but there are ample change-ups and time shifts, including wistfully languid passages, tone mutations, liquid themes, and a myriad of colorative devices...
...Gould tries his hand at singing on one cut and reveals not just a marvelous set of pipes but a very good sense of multiple harmonies and where they ought to go, tracking himself as a quartet, bringing out a CSNY complexity and sonority... - Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

"Zeb Gould - "All of the Morningbirds" Review"

Having opened for folk heavyweights Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Zeb Gould must be something special. His bio says that he studied the art of fingerstyle guitar and the music of Fahey, Kottke, and Hedges. All I can say is that it shows. All of the Morning Birds is an intense trip through the countryside and yet is not overladen with “quick” fingerpicking or reoccurring themes. Only one song is sung, but each song tells a distinct story. It paints a delicate picture and shows off the skills of an up and comer in instrumental guitar. - CDReviews.com

"Zeb Gould - "All of the Morningbirds" Review"

"Listeners who enjoyed the early recordings of John Fahey and Leo Kottke won't miss the obvious nod to those influences on Zeb Gould's "All of the Morningbirds, a collection of 12-string guitar songs. Gould practically channels Kottke with a driving, percussive style on "A Spider's Quest for the Sun," "Consuela," "End/Beginning," and "Young Icarus." According to the label's press release, Gould spent time in New York working as an archivist for composer Philip Glass, which might account for this eclectic potpourri. "Hedwig" has a sparse, almost piano-like color to it, while "Interlude" is bracketed by over 25 seconds of silence before and after the fading track. There is one vocal on the CD, "Locomotive Blue Streak," with harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young's early work. The album closes with the only ensemble piece, "Two Sisters," where Gould is joined by Megan Weeder on violin and Sam Crawford on piano. The eleven cuts on this record will satisfy those who like 12-string guitar playing, and will recall perhaps the heyday of that medium..." - Minor7th.com

"Zeb Gould - "All of the Morningbirds" Review"

I swear, anything that Sam Crawford (once a member of the stellar Decanters out of Bloomington, IN) touches is gold. Zeb Gould is another Bloomington stalwart, who like Crawford relocated to NYC. Gould was one of the early members of the beloved Early Day Miners. Since then, Gould has taken to slaying the 12 & 6-string guitars. Fans of Leo Kottke will love it. The Tenacious D would say that he has the finger picks of destiny. Look for the standout track, “Two Sisters.” If I were you, take this strong endorsement and head to cdbaby.com and pick this one up. - New4-u.com

"Interview in the IDS"

Associate degree student Zeb Gould is the only solo act involved in Live From Bloomington. He describes his music as American finger-style guitar with a folk rhythm.

Gould, 24, has played the guitar ever since he noticed his father's acoustic guitar at age 12.

"But I also started because my friend had an electric guitar, and I thought 'That's what I'm going to do, be a rock star,'" he said, laughing. "He taught me every Metallica song, but a year or two later, I heard fingerstyle blues guitar, thought it was really cool and started doing that."

The audio-engineering major said his biggest motivation in making music is to heighten his self-expression.

"It's so odd to just be here," he said of his growth as a musician. "When I picked up the instrument, I knew the impact of music, and it expanded from there … the idea of the guitar, I felt like I understood it right away."

Associate degree student Sam Crawford said he finds a lot of meaning in Gould's music. He met Gould while taking a class together. Crawford said their similar interests in music drew them together. Crawford helped produce Gould's song featured on the Live From Bloomington CD.

"It's a unique sort of sound; it's got this wash that floods over you when you listen to it," he said. "It's almost like listening to an ensemble piece, but it's just one person … As a guitar player, Zeb blows me away every time I see him play."

Crawford said Gould's music adds a solid, different element.

"He has a real affable personality that comes across really well when he's playing," he said. "Aside from the instrumental pieces, he writes a lot of lyrical pieces. He covers the whole gamut of music."

Gould said while he's excited about his involvement with Live From Bloomington, he's also excited about the cause of the event.

"When you're playing more for the music (than money) it'll be more fun in general -- it increases the overall excitement of playing music," he said. - Indiana Daily Student

"Zeb Gould Interview"

In the world of guitar heroes, the brass balls of rock and roll reign supreme.

Jimi Hendrix famously lit his guitar on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival; Pete Townshend smashed his guitars like pumpkins on doorsteps. In contemporary music culture, the guitar has become virtually synonymous with volume, rebellion, and swagger. But there's another kind of guitar hero, one your high-school self wouldn't tack up on your bedroom. Zeb Gould, a soft-spoken and bespectacled twenty-something from New Jersey, is that other hero. An incredible technician on the six- and 12-string acoustic guitar, Gould stays true to his finger-picking roots while managing to incorporate some more progressive harmonic and rhythmic expressions, all of which will be on display during his Friday night performance the Postcrypt Coffeehouse.

Gould boasts an even more distinguished range of influences. "Leo Kottke's definitely a huge influence-a lot of people will hear that initially," he says. "I don't claim to be unaffected by his style."

But while he's chosen a more unusual path than other aspiring masters of the instrument, he hasn't forgotten is roots.

"I'm primarily self-taught," he said. "My dad played the guitar, but I never picked it up until my friend started playing when he was 12 years old. He was totally into Metallica. So, it was like, yeah, sweet, I'm gonna play some rock and roll music! So I started around 12, took lessons for about six months, and then started to do stuff on my own."

Listening to Gould's 2006 LP All the Morning Birds, it's difficult to believe he's nearly devoid of musical training. The man plays blindingly fast and with an emotional depth that rescues it from hollow virtuosity. But what's most impressive is his ability to keep things interesting over the course of 12 tracks, 10 of which are solo guitar instrumentals.

The compositions are so musically rich, they could be mistaken for a whole band: percussive slaps of the hand, a rattling of the strings, bass lines in the lower register complemented by melodies in the upper register. Despite the dominance of instrumental material on his most recent release, Gould appears to have a liking for more traditional vocal songs as well.

"I like to write a lot of songs with lyrics," he said. "In fact, I'm gonna start working on another record, and it's going to be predominantly lyrically based with the guitar instrumentals almost working like a bridge between songs. I had all these guitar compositions lying and I decide, 'Alright, I'm gonna make a guitar record.'"

For a young musician, Gould seems comfortable in his role as a solo artist. Although he continues to play in bands and has collaborated with members of Magnolia Electric Co., he appears to have found his calling in the controlled environment of solo performance. And as far as he's concerned, there's only room to grow.

"I play banjo now, so for now that's keeping it really interesting-I guess I haven't hit that seasoned solo performer stage," he said. "I guess after a while it's like-so many notes! So many guitar notes! I can't hear anymore!" - Columbia Spectator

""All of the Morningbirds" Review"

"...If 'All of the Morningbirds' is any indication, Gould fits right in with [Leo Kottke and John Fahey].
The album opens with 'A Spider's Quest for the Sun," which deftly blends a rootsy melody line with Gould's frenteic fingerpicking. It's a good example of how enjoyable the genre can be as a flurry of notes intertwine the melody line, enhancing and enriching it far beyond its simple origins.
As rich as "Spider's" sound is, "Hedwig" is equally spare. Gould utilizes silence as well as he does noise, structuring the delicate, moody melody with finesse. There's a somber yet hopeful quality to the song, which stands as a reminder to how much emotional weight can be created with just one instrument in the right hands.
Equally impressive is "Consuela," which balances noise and silence with its tasteful fingerpicking and enough space for the composition to breathe. There's enough of a Mexican feel to justify the title while reminding us of our neighbor to the south's rich six-string heritage.
Gould's day job is working for Philip Glass, who's likely the most renowned American avant-garde composer alive. It would be a stretch to say that working as Glass's archivist has influenced Gould's music, but Gould shows an insight and appreciation for composition that many of his fingerpicking peers lack..." - The Other Paper - Columbus, Ohio


Forget the Great Heart - Released October 4th, 2011- SPR825
Please Believe Me - Release May 25th, 2010 - SPR824
Stalk That Myth - Released June 9th, 2008 - SPR822
All of the Morningbirds - Released August 1st, 2006 - SPR819



While pursuing a degree in Bloomington, IN, Zeb Gould, solo artist and lead singer/songwriter for Bowery Boy Blue, immersed himself in the study of fingerstyle guitar music, learning and deconstructing the works of John Fahey and Leo Kottke. He developed a repertoire of instrumental works for 12- and 6-string guitar. His work found devoted fans in a wide array of musical circles, and he played the opening act for an accordingly diverse group of performers, including Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Kim Ritchie, Edith Frost, and Sue Garner. During this time he also began to interject his voice into shows as he expanded his repertoire to include his own set of lyrically driven songs.
Following the completion of his education, Zeb moved East to New York City. Always intent on expanding his musical vocabulary, Gould took up work as an archivist for classical composer Philip Glass. It was in Glass' studio that he began work on a new set of songs, which would become All of the Morningbirds. Since that initial release in 2006, Gould has released four follow-up records and toured overseas and throughout North America in support.
He continues to write and perform, with his fifth studio album slated for release in the summer of 2012.