Steve Goodbar is now a “local” musician. Coming to Eugene by way of Santa Rosa, California and Prescott, Arizona he now makes Eugene home. Growing up in Santa Rosa he started playing guitar in earnest by the age of fourteen. He played in bands as he grew up, eventually settling on a style all his own. Moving to Eugene was a move toward the vibrant art scene. Steve’s significant other is an artist (she designed the CD cover). The many musician who make up the music environment here was the next factor on the list for his move north.
Self described as “Traditional Folk Americana” artist, his music is drawn from old time mountain music combined with folk and a little bluegrass. Mountain music is his passion because it is raw and unfiltered. This brings us to his new CD.
This is his third recording. The decision was made to make it an all acoustic recording with a live format in the studio. Recorded over a four year span, the arrangements and originals were actually done in the studio. Gary Reed was the co-producer of this album. Gary is a proficient player in his own right which helps the understanding of a guitar players process.
A 1959 Gibson J45, a 1966 Martin D18, and a 1954 Martin 00018 are the guitars chosen for this cd. The mellow, smooth sounds that come from these aged instruments is quite apparent and adds to the authentic mountain sound. Listening to the minor key of “Raleigh and Spencer” to the beautiful instrumental “La Cancion Del Rio” (which is a Steve Goodbar original) it is apparent the choice of instruments add there unique voice’s. “Little Black Train” accompanied by one of two mandolins either a 1997 Carl Brehmer Custom F5 or a 1995 Gibson A5G brings the styles together. Steve’s picking style shows his virtuosity on the guitar and the mandolin. He does know his instruments.
The clarity and simplicity of the acoustic instrumentation makes this cd easy to listen to and a terrific addition to a music collection.
See Steve locally at the Brewstation in Cottage Grove, the Saturday Market. On occasion he joins the other players at the open mic at McShane’s. Steve is planning a tour this summer to the Southwest including parts of California. http://stevegoodbar.com/