Aaron Goldstein (musician)

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Aaron Goldstein
Born (1983-05-08) May 8, 1983 (age 33)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Pedal steel guitar, guitar, vocals
Labels Latent
Associated acts Huron, Lee Harvey Osmond

Aaron Goldstein (born May 8, 1983) is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for his performance on the pedal steel guitar.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Goldstein first began playing the instrument in 2006 with encouragement of his band mates in the Surly Young Bucks, which included member Max Kerman and Mike DeAngelis (currently of Arkells).[1] His first recorded appearance on pedal steel was the 2007 LP Stars & Satellites by his former Surly Young Bucks bandmate Dan Griffin.[2] In 2008 Goldstein toured the Canadian East Coast in Griffin's band The Regrets.[3]

He is a member of the Tom Wilson-led collective Lee Harvey Osmond,[4] playing on all three Polaris Prize-nominated studio releases, including the Juno-nominated Folk Sinner, and frequently touring as a member of the live band.[4] In 2008 while recording with Lee Harvey Osmond, Goldstein formed his own band Huron.[4][5] In Huron Goldstein shared writing and singing duties with band mate Cam Malcolm. Ian Blurton produced Huron's self-titled début and later toured with the group as the quintet Happy Endings.[6]

Goldstein toured with Lee Harvey Osmond in 2010 opening for Cowboy Junkies in the Northeast US,[7][8] and later joined Cowboy Junkies on the road to play pedal steel for three US tours in 2010. He also appears on two Cowboy Junkies records from that year, "Renmin Park" and "Demons".[9]

In 2010 Goldstein produced Harlan Pepper's self titled debut which was eventually released on Six Shooter Records.[10] Other notable production works are Gleneagle's National Classic EP, Torero's self titled album, and Oxford Blue's Introducing (co-produced with Daniel Romano). Production projects which are complete but not yet released: Matt Paxton Let Me Rock and Roll Tonight EP.[11][12][13][14]

He was named Guitarist of the Year at the 2010 Hamilton Music Awards.[15] In 2011 he began his tenure in Daniel Romano's live band The Trilliums as Romano prepared to release Sleep Beneath the Willow.[16]

In 2011 Goldstein began performing with City and Colour, joining Daniel Romano as a touring member.[1] During a European tour he appeared on the limited release City and Colour Europe 2011.[1][17] During City and Colour's downtime from touring, Goldstein was featured on Romano's "Come Cry With Me" record and subsequent tour.[2]

Goldstein last performed with City and Colour in 2012. He spent much of the next two years touring for Come Cry With Me with Romano and working with Lee Harvey Osmond. Another Romano LP, If I've Only One Time Askin, was recorded in this period and was eventually released July 31, 2015.[18]

In 2014 Goldstein began performing in Bry Webb's band, The Providers. He appears on the LP Free Will and live recording Live at Massey Hall and completed a national tour.[19] Also in 2014 he recorded pedal steel on the Elliott Brood album Work and Love, produced by Ian Blurton, and toured with the band extensively.[2]

Selected discography[edit]

Release Date Artist Album Role
March 2007 Dan Griffin Stars and Satellites pedal steel[20]
April 2, 2007 Foreign Films Distant Star pedal steel
May 11, 2009 Junior Boys Begone Dull Care pedal steel[21]
June 9, 2009 Nick Rose Oxbow Lake pedal steel
September 8, 2009 Julie Fader Outside In pedal steel[22]
September 15, 2009 Lee Harvey Osmond A Quiet Evil pedal steel[21]
November 2009 Ian Blurton Happy Endings pedal steel[23]
March 2010 Huron Huron guitar, vocal, pedal steel, songwriting[4]
April 5, 2010 C'mon Beyond the Pale Horse pedal steel[24]
May 3, 2010 Cowboy Junkies Renmin Park pedal steel[25]
August 2011 Harlan Pepper Young and Old producer[26][27]
February 15, 2011 Cowboy Junkies Demons pedal steel
September 13, 2011 Terra Lightfoot Terra Lightfoot pedal steel[28]
October 2011 Arkells Book Club (alternate version) pedal steel[29]
October 31, 2011 Slipfish Beyond the Edge pedal steel[9]
September 25, 2012 Jenn Grant The Beautiful Wild pedal steel[30]
October 2, 2012 Grey Kingdom Light I'll Call Your Name Out Darkness pedal steel
January 15, 2013 Lee Harvey Osmond The Folk Sinner pedal steel
January 22, 2013 Daniel Romano Come Cry With Me pedal steel[31]
July 16, 2013 Eons Arctic Radio pedal steel[32]
September 17, 2013 Zachary Lucky Ballad of Losing You pedal steel[33]
May 20, 2014 Bry Webb Free Will pedal steel[34]
September 16, 2014 Spencer Burton Don't Let the World See Your Love pedal steel
October 14, 2014 Weather Station What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know pedal steel[35]
October 21, 2014 Elliott Brood Work And Love pedal steel[36]
April 7, 2015 Lee Harvey Osmond Beautiful Scars pedal steel
April 2015 The Sadies Rarities, Oddities & Radio 1995-2015 pedal steel[37]
May 26, 2015 Bry Webb Live at Massey Hall pedal steel[38]
June 1, 2015 Torero Torero producer, pedal steel
July 31, 2015 Daniel Romano If I've Only One Time Askin' pedal steel[39]
February 26, 2016 Donovan Woods Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled pedal steel[40]
May 6, 2016 Joana Serrat Cross The Verge pedal steel[41]
June 24, 2016 Adam Baldwin No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen-Eighty-Five) pedal steel[42]
September 9, 2016 July Talk Touch pedal steel[43]
October 7, 2016 Zachary Lucky Everywhere A Man Can Be producer, pedal steel[44][45]


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  2. ^ a b c "Inside the secret world of one of Canada's most prolific session musicians". Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
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  7. ^ "Lexington and Three Oaks, MI (Oct 3 and 4, 2009)". Latentrecordings.com. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Tour Diary – Boston, MA (April 18, 2010)". Latentrecordings.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
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  10. ^ "Sound of Music :: Harlan Pepper". www.soundofmusic.ca. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  11. ^ "National Classic, by Gleneagle". Gleneagle. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  12. ^ "Torero, by Torero". Torero. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  13. ^ "Hamilton Blues Lovers: Oxford Blue Debut Album: (Introducing) Oxford Blue". blueshamilton.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
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  15. ^ "Harrison Kennedy and Luke Doucet top Hamilton Music Awards". Thespec.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
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  17. ^ Vanessa Heins. "Singer-songwriter Dallas Green finds creative fulfillment with City and Colour". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  18. ^ "The Steel Guitar Forum :: View topic - Steelin across the UK and Europe". bb.steelguitarforum.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  19. ^ "Bry Webb feels connected to his community". www.guelphmercury.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  20. ^ "Leave Your Love". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  21. ^ a b "Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  22. ^ [1] Archived July 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  24. ^ "C'mon (2) - Beyond The Pale Horse". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  25. ^ "Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park - The Nomad Series, Volume 1". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
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  27. ^ [2] Archived November 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ "Terra Lightfoot - Terra Lightfoot". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  29. ^ "Arkells ft. Lights - Book Club (Acoustic)". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  30. ^ "Jenn Grant - The Beautiful Wild". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  31. ^ "Daniel Romano - Come Cry With Me". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  32. ^ "Arctic Radio, by EONS". EONS. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  33. ^ "Zachary Lucky - The Ballad Of Losing You". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  34. ^ "Bry Webb - Free Will". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  35. ^ "The Weather Station - What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  36. ^ "Elliott Brood Return with 'Work and Love,' Premiere New Track". Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  37. ^ "The Sadies - The Sadies Archives Vol. I - Rarities, Oddities and Radio: 1995-2015". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  38. ^ "Bry Webb & The Providers - Live At Massey Hall". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  39. ^ "Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  40. ^ ".@donovanwoods Donovan Woods Releases "Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled"". James Bunton. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  41. ^ "Joana Serrat - Loose Music artists'". 
  42. ^ "Adam Baldwin - No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  43. ^ "July Talk - Touch". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  44. ^ "Five Questions With… Zachary Lucky | FYIMusicNews". www.fyimusicnews.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  45. ^ "At Home On The Road". No Depression. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 

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