Man have we been busy! I should have took notes so I wouldn't forget to tell ya'all
The 2002 tour has just come to an end and was a complete success. It
ended like it began in April; with a 2-night Flock Rockin' Party in Music
City at the Sutler.
The Goose took their special music to thousands of eagar fans across
the country this year. They Goosed the Kerrville Folk Festival and spun all
the good people's heads around out there in Texas. Fans turned out in
full force at every Goose show from Bardstown, Kentucky's Stephen Foster
Theater to Goose on the Lake VII in Allegre, Kentucky; from auditoriums and festivals to parties and pubs.
Goose on the Lake has turned into an event that fans plan for all year
and this year's was a big happening. With the Goose, Bonepony, Big Nancy, Nelly Wilson and
Big Vessel performing, we had the Settle farm hopping.
After awesome shows from Bonepony and Goose Creek, the two bands got
together for an all-star jam on a few tunes. As usual, the weather was
HOTTER than all getout, but folks took advantage of the lake and sailed
around on air mattresses and in canoes. There were plenty of smoking
grills, sizzling camp fires, good music and smiling faces.
The big news is all the studio work going on! Goose Creek is working
on a new album. Paul, the Pearl, Spradlin is recording a solo album and
Nelly Wilson is recording our first studio album at the same time. Nelly
Wilson, our band that features several of GCS's crew members, got to open up
shows for the Goose a few times this tour and it was a great experience for
us. We also jammed at several private parties with the guys and had a
blast. Some of the Goose boys are even lending a hand on our new album
project. Studio time has been hard work and a lot of fun too.
When, you may ask, will all these new CDs be available? Well, soon,
we think. We're working our tailfeathers off and will let you know as soon as
possible. In the meantime, we'd like to annouce the re-release of Oso
Special and Acoustic Goose, two GCS albums that we've made available
again through Myyyy Records. You can buy them on the Company Store page of
this web site. Just a couple months ago, we also re-issued The Goose is Loose Double Live CD Set!
The Symphony has brought us several fiddle players this year and
seeing shows with the different players has been interesting and exciting. You
never know which one or more of the fiddlers will be there to show us
their stuff and believe me, they've got some stuff! Whew! Kevin Arrowsmith
and Michael McCanless and our sweet buddy Tim Lorsh are all excellent
players whose music can just make your heart dance. The fans and the whole
Goose family welcomed them with open arms.
The final Sutler shows were a journey within themselves. With Tim and
Michael on fiddles and Ritchie coming in with his congas, both shows were
intense and, I believe, historic for GCS and their hard-care fans. As
always, the guys made it one LARGE party with all the fun, jokes and
antics from Charlie and Pearl. The band performed their usual set of old
favorites and newer classics and then threw in a few brand news songs off their
By the end, there were Gooseheads standing on tables, chairs and
rockin' in window ledges. There were waitresses and bartenders dancing on the
bar. There were white-haired happy hippies dancing on the sidewalks out front!
And there were eight excellent musicians doing what they do best, thrilling
us to the soul with the best music you could ever ask to be entertained by.
To quote a friend of mine, "Ain't life grand?"
We hope all the Gooseheads can hold out until the new CDs are available
and the Goose returns in the spring. Please visit our Web site often to keep updated
about news from our neck of the woods.
Later with the lowdown!
See Dale's last Lowdown
Updated January 30, 2003 - 1:23pm CST