Saturday, October 17, 2009
Good Old War announces CMJ show, tour and EP with Cast Spells, winter dates with Anthony Green
“Good Old War charms with a genuine feel-goodness. The album has no posing or forced trickery.” – Phil Ramone, Huffington Post
“Together as Good Old War the trio have mastered the art of three part vocal harmonies and their lively and intricate songs are a throwback to the days when Crosby, Stills, & Nash ruled the rock world” – Alternative Press
Acoustic folk trio Good Old War continues its busy schedule, announcing a CMJ showcase this month, followed in December by headlining tour dates and a split EP with fellow Sargent House artist Cast Spells. The group then caps off the year with winter west coast performances with songwriter Anthony Green, playing both as his backing band as well as their own full set. See full tour dates below.
Good Old War plays the CMJ Music Marathon on Wednesday, October 21st at the Studio at Webster Hall as part of the showcase hosted by TV star Rachael Ray's Feedback, The Syndicate and Amnesty International.
In support of the Cast Spells (Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases) shows, Sargent House is releasing a 4-song EP comprised of two new tracks by each act. This new release is the first new music from the band that's seen a whirlwind of touring (including dates with RX Bandits, The Honorary Title and Gaslight Anthem) and radio appearances since the release of Good Old War's debut album in 2008.
Recently, Good Old War was among the top most added on the Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) radio charts for the single, "Looking For Shelter" While the band's lulling harmonies have already caught fire with younger listeners, the Triple A commercial & non-commercial radio attention is glowing testament to Good Old War's vast appeal. In fact, many fans were so inspired by the Pennsylvania group's Sargent House debut, Only Way To Be Alone they've posted cover versions of Good Old War songs to YouTube. Alternately, check out the official video for "Weak Man" HERE.
Seldom do band members rebound gracefully after their main musical effort falls apart, but Keith Goodwin (vocals/guitar) and Tim Arnold (drums/vocals), members of the once up-and-coming progressive rock band Days Away have managed to do just that, pulling a 180 with their sound to a great degree of success in their new acoustic folk project Good Old War. Rounding out the trio is Dan Schwartz (guitar/vocals) from the Americana tinged six-piece band, Unlikely Cowboy.
Unlike the recent trend among indie rock artists who have visited the country/folk genre, Good Old War makes no attempt to assimilate its music for the sake of novelty. There’s no fake twang in Keith Goodwin’s soft vocals, nor does the band try to overindulge itself by adding sounds by the harmonica or mandolin just for the sake of having them. Instead, this trio from Pennsylvania retains the intimate storytelling nature of folk-song structure, playing music for those who desire an emotive, lyrical experience without having to wade through pretentious or unnecessary musical gimmicks to get it.
Only Way To Be Alone, Good Old War’s debut full length, was produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Miranda Lee Richards) in Los Angeles in May 2008.
Good Old War tour:
10/21 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall (4pm -- FREE)
12/03 Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory *
12/04 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar *
12/05 Boston, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs *
12/07 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater *
12/08 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's *
12/09 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter *
12/11 Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
12/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose Upstairs *
12/28 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse #
12/29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy #
12/30 San Diego, CA @ Soma Side #
* with Cast Spells
# with Anthony Green
Posted: 10/17/2009 02:26:00 PM