Members: Ryan Baucum, Cody Cox, Josh Taylor, Micah Helmintoller
Goodman County has been together for the better part of four years. Originally playing acoustic tunes in the vein of Kristofferson and Cash, their songwriting has evolved into music that would make both Johnny Cash and Paul Westerberg smile.
Recording will start on the third Goodman County record (yet to be titled) in early May. Goodman County is excited abuot the next record, as some of the new songs have leaked into both live performances and acoustic gigs, and have garnered praise. Steve Deaton, of Buffalo Nickel, will be producing this record.
Goodman County had a great year in 2005: Plowhandle Records (www.plowhandle.com) released Dead-ends and Transits; Goodman County played scores of live shows; and the band also garnered their first national and first international press. SPIN Magazine chose "Anarchy In The Southern States" from the Dead-ends album as essential new music to listen to in October. Americana UK wrote "...Anarchy in the Southern States picks up the cudgel laid down by the Sex Pistols and beats the banal and the mundane to death with it. It is as deafening an answer to corporate rock in the USA as Sweet Home Alabama was to Neil Young's Southern Man."
So far, 2006 has started to build on the momentum started last year. The new EP, Trailercore, further hones the diverse styles of Goodman County. Walking on the same side of the road as label-mates Buffalo Nickel, Goodman County starts with classic southern rock and country as a base, but wanders into punk rock and bluegrass. Someone could two-step one minute and pogo the next at a live show.
To date, Goodman County has had the pleasure of playing with Lucero, Elsah, Bobby Bare Jr., Two Cow Garage, Questions In Dialect, Buffalo Nickel, Carey Hudson Trio, Slobberbone/Brent Best, among other bands.