The Good Brothers

Formed in Richmond Hill, Toronto in 1969, this trio of brothers, including twins Brian and Bruce Good, performed in and around Toronto. They received their first big break in 1970 when they backed James Ackroyd on his album James & the Good Brothers. The album, which was released on Columbia and aided by members of the Grateful Dead, catapulted the group into the Canadian country music spotlight. The Festival Express found the group touring with Janis Joplin, the Band, Ten Years After, and the Grateful Dead. They also performed with Gordon Lightfoot and John Hammond. In 1976, the Good Brothers released their self-titled debut album, which was a mix of their traditional roots, folk, and country background with a range of rock blended in. The album earned them a Juno Award for Best Country Group, an award they received each year from 1976 to 1983. They also received a gold record for sales of their live album in 1981. In 1990, banjo player and guitarist Larry Good took time away from the band and was replaced by a son of one of the Good brothers, Travis Good. Renamed the Good, the band continued to perform until Larry returned in 2002. Travis Good left the band to form his own group, the Sadies. That same year, the trio toured Europe and released One True Thing. Throughout the decade, the Good Brothers continued to perform internationally and at various folk music festivals, and in 2004 they were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Known for their spirited live shows, they continued to release live albums like 2005's Live at the Rattlesnake Saloon and 2008's Restricted Goods. In 2015, the brothers were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians Association followed a year later by an induction into the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame. 2017 saw the release of their 16th studio album, Wide Awake Dreamin'. ~ Jason MacNeil

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