“While Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar were scampering around in Pampers with wooden blocks, Charlie Gearheart and the Goose were fusing country and rock sounds like nobody else, plumbing the depths of hillbilly, folk, bluegrass and rock music almost two decades before any of that “no depression” stuff became tres chic. Goose Creek’s unique country rock hybrid had an earthier, more organic sound than just about anything coming out of Nashville circa 1971-74.”
-Rev. Keith Gordon, Blurt Magazine, in praise of Goose Creek Sympnony
Bob Dylan, The Band, the Grateful Dead, and others began to play rock ‘n roll with a country heart. Goose Creek Symphony was one of the original bands that were part of this mix. Their music combined a rural sensibility with rocking rhythms that tended to meander like a babbling brook flowing through shady woods. We call this “jam band” music today, but back then it was just getting your groove on.
The Goose Creek story brings new meaning to “you were ahead of your time.” Unlike many of the other bands from the 70s goose Creek hasn’t mellowed or gotten more commercial. They aren’t resting on old laurels, if anything they’ve gotten a looser and more varied. They found most of their old audience as well as many new fans.
Being an odd cross between hippies and rednecks in that burgeoning era of country rock, they fit loosely in the mode even if they were more esoteric and versatile than many of their contemporaries. They used fiddles and horns prominently, giving them an edge of inventiveness, but essentially the excelled at being a good time band. Ironically, Goose Creek were a couple of decades ahead of their time.