Dave Goodman: Eastbound Train

Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter Dave Goodman plays here his song “Eastbound Train”, which I’ve found a very enjoyable mix of melody, guitar technique, and vocals.

On his official website I’ve found that
Guitarist, singer and songwriter was born in Victoria B.C. Canada on March 28, 1965. The youngest of seven children, he grew up in a musical household. Starting with the violin at age 12, he quickly changed over to the electric guitar taking private lessons and playing with his older brothers. As a teenager, under the tutelage of his mentor West Coast blues guitar master and technician Dave Vidal, he learned to play blues as well as guitar building and repair, electronics and pickup winding. From age 15-18 while still at home he immersed himself in jazz playing with school mate (future Skywalk keyboardist) Miles Black in the Victoria clubs and jazz cafes. At age 17 Goodman was selected as best high school jazz guitarist in the province of British Columbia to play in „The Honor Jazz Ensemble“ led by Canadian Jazz legend Phil Nimmons. After graduating from high school, Dave moved to Vancouver to study jazz at Vancouver College under Bruce Clausen.
 
Dave Goodman 1980s
1982-1990
The next few years found Goodman playing all over Canada as well as in the U.S. including a house gig at the renowned ‘Wave Waikiki’ in Hawaii where he hosted guest sessions with many artists such as David Sanborn, Terry Lynn Carrington and Was Not Was. In this period he also played with Canadian Jazz trumpeter Mark Hasselbach and toured as support for The Jeff Healey Band as well as opening for The Doobie Brothers in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.
In 1990 Dave moved to Northern California where he became a fixture in the Bay Area blues scene playing with guitarist Steve Kimock and singer Judge Murphy in the Goodman Murphy band.
 
During this period he recorded for Mike Varney’s Blues Bureau International label on CD-1 of a three CD set of Bay Area blues artists which featured Tommy Castro, Johnny Nitro, Garth Webber and Chris Cobb, all colleagues in the North Beach blues scene. Dave also played in trio formation with Bay Area blues legend piano/ organist Stu Blank and drummer Ty Smith.
 
Dave Goodman’s Stratocaster signed by John Lee Hooker & Carlos Santana
It was with this trio that he had the honor of meeting and playing for John Lee Hooker. Blank, a friend of Hooker’s, invited him to the South San Francisco club where they were playing. John Lee Hooker entered the club, Goodman recalls, in a sharkskin suit, porkpie hat and two beautiful young ladies, one on each arm. Hooker stayed and listened to a ninety minute set. Complimenting the band in his classic talking blues stutter, “you b- b -b -boys, y-y -yoos so good, y-yoos so tight”. He then signed his name with a felt pen on the front of Dave’s Stratocaster. Dave lacquered over the signature and it is still there today. It was a stellar moment in his career he says.“ more
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