interview with George L. Goodfellow
Tell us about yourself and your music
Started out a long time ago when life was in black and white and color was something you did or didn’t have in your cheeks.
Played around the clubs and pubs (Gerry “Baker Street” Rafferty showed me how to open tune a guitar and Billy Connolly bought a second-hand string from me for his banjo for two shillings (Yeh I know what are shillings). Since the discovery of the internet, I have been lucky enough to have had hundreds of radio plays from around the world (not sure how large their audiences are though) with a number one in South Carolina and album of the week in Belgium and Holland.— now just waiting on that phone call coming.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Most of my music comes from the recording studio nowadays and “A Handful of Diamonds” is my latest release, using session musicians from the States, although I do have five other album releases dating back over the last 18 years
What inspired you to write this release?
A great many things — places, people and situations, as a songwriter it’s harder not to write a song than it is to write one.
Describe the writing and recording process
Simple really, start with the idea then keep playing it till it sounds right — take it into the recording studio and introduce it to the musicians, listen to their ideas and sometimes use their ideas, eventually end up (obviously some songs take longer than others) with a song that we’re proud of.
Any plans to hit the road?
We stopped “hitting” the road a long time ago although if the offer was right we would maybe reconsider that option
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
The hardest part is getting people to listen but once that happens we usually have a new fan so word of mouth is of paramount importance to us
Who have you been listening to lately?
I like to listen to bands who “Have not made it” to see where they are coming from musically. I also like to listen to acts who made it like Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, right back to Simon and Garfunkel
Who are your biggest influences?
I try not to get too influenced by anyone artist although Bob Dylan and the early Beatles probably influenced me a lot
Tell us about your passions
I listened to music from a very early age, I remember listening to Burl Ives 78 records that my Dad had bought along with Winifred Atwell recordings, that’s how different my taste in music is, so I suppose I would need to say that my passion is music — playing, recording, making, and listening to it.
What else is happening next in your world?
Currently working on writing songs for my next album and playing locally to see what’s out there and be influenced — soak up.
Thanks for an awesome interview, George L. Goodfellow
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