Neck of the Woods Presents
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA, 94118
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Trading the wheat fields of the Midwest for the five-lane sprawl of LA, a songwriter from Kansas hits the LA concrete with a symphony in his head.
After 600 shows in 60 cities with his childhood friends Billy Driver and Jesse Rich, front man, composer and entrepreneur Gooding is ready for the big show. With a firm footing in the LA film/TV world, Gooding is brandishing over 100 placements, DVD's of Johnny Cash - Walk the Line, Matrix Revisited, Animatrix, Children of Men, Ice Age 2, Nip/Tuck, The Closer, Commercials for Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler, several MTV shows, and most recently Expansion Team NYC's rebranding of PBS, Gooding's 750 song catalog has been featured in LA Times and Marketwatch. Dane Cook chose Gooding's band as one of his favorite up and coming acts on his HBO show Tourgasm.
Gooding's first two musical experiences were a KISS concert at age 4 and listening to Queen's Flash Gordon soundtrack on loop. He has since gone on to release over a dozen solo lp's, penning every tune and playing every instrument, recorded and produced over 100 other acts, and started a successful indie label (S3) and publishing/licensing company (K2). After studying film scoring at KU and UCLA, Gooding's film work has found its way into the bands recordings and live shows; a symphonic, 3D sound referred to as "Widescreen Rock".
A perfect artist for the changing digital landscape, Gooding is the essence of DIY; relentlessly recording, touring and interacting with a growing fanbase both online and on the ground. The latest idea to energizing the fan base is his "50 in 5" tour – performing in all 50 state in 5 months with daily viral videos so fans can ride alongside the band through every state line. From army bases to national parks, bookstores to bowling allies, even a stop to perform with a high school marching band performing Gooding's music for the town, this band has always had a go for broke attitude…
"We have paid our dues with stolen gear, vans broken down and on fire, ramen in the coffee pot of the motel 6, all night drives through blizzards and black ice, shows with broken bones, no sleep, no pay….All the roadware only made us more of a family. No matter how much the music business changes, a band was made to travel and play. That's where our passion is, and that's where some of our best songs come from."
On his upcoming release "The Return", Gooding's razor sharp songwriting and soul-searching lyrics, brilliant musicianship, cutting edge production and hopeful optimism shine through loud and clear. Instantly accessible without sacrificing sophistication or musicality, the new songs hit the AAA airwaves on Jan 11, 2010, and the bands 50 state tour, featuring showcases in LA, NYC and Austin will start soon after.
Gooding's live show is a sight to behold. The fans of this band come to witness what is almost a secular church revival, with sticks and strings left all over the stage, and a final act of Gooding playing two guitars at once. If you live in America, the band is coming to you. And after that? It's only a matter of time before the band takes to the seas and plays a country near you.