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The concept of The Good Family band took root when a pair of musician brothers invited their parents to join them on a musical romp throughout Scotland, England and Wales. At some venues they were described as being Canada’s answer to the legendary Carter Family.  Since then, the band has blossomed to include even more of this talented lineage.

The Goods are no strangers to stage and studio as some members consist of two of Canada’s premier acts.  Bruce and Larry Good are two-thirds of Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees and multiple JUNO Award recipients The Good BrothersTravis and Dallas Good are members of JUNO and Indie award winning band The Sadies.

Rounding out the family is Margaret Good, wife of Bruce and mother of Travis and Dallas. Margaret is also a veteran performer appearing on several recordings by both The Sadies and The Good Brothers.  She also sang on Ronnie Prophets’ “Grand Old Country” which aired on CTV for two seasons backing such artists as Charlie Pride, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Mel Tillis and Dolly Parton just to name a few.

The Good Family talent pool does not end there as niece and cousin D’Arcy Good adds yet another dynamic with her amazing fiddle and outstanding vocals.

And just when you think it can’t get any better it does with Sean Dean andMike Belitsky of The Sadies, the rhythm section and the heart and soul of The Good Family band.

Their debut album consists of country ballads, bluegrass, and folk rock all written and performed by the family.  Two of these songs are co-writes withGreg Keelor (Blue Rodeo) and the one guest musician that makes an appearance on the album is their close friend, the late great guitarist Terry Clements (Gordon Lightfoot) who recorded his part in 1978. (How this was achieved is another story in itself).  The album was mixed by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies.

They say that sibling or family harmonies are unique, well such is the case on this long awaited recording.  Imagine this eclectic mix of music featuring acoustic and electric guitars along with banjo, autoharp, dobro, harmonica, fiddle, mandolin and killer rhythm section. Or don’t imagine, just listen for yourself.


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