Johnny Goudie

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Johnny Goudie
Born (1968-10-14) October 14, 1968 (age 48)
Origin Austin, Texas
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist-Pianist-Producer-actor
Instruments vocals
guitar
piano
drums
bass
maracas
melodica
omnichord
marimba
Labels Elektra/Asylum
The Music Company
F+M
Strangelove
India
Surefire
Associated acts ZEPHYR
Stranger
Cry Wolf
Panjadrum
Lovetree
I Love Elke
Mr. Rocket Baby
Jez Spencer
Goudie
Lars Ulrich
Mark Hallman
God Drives a Galaxy
Ennui the Fawn
Lowery 66
Endochine
Eliza Gilkyson
Pale
Sparkwood
Sunshine
Michelle Solberg
Jeff Klein
Canvas
Darin Murphy
Trish Murphy
Deadbeat Darling
Joseph King
Daniel Eyes
The Borrowers
KTel Hit Machine
SKYROCKET!
Grover Dill
Ian Moore Band
Johnny Goudie and the Little Champions
Ainjel Emme
Kimmie Rhodes
Rachel Loy
Alejandro Escovedo
Kathy Valentine & The Impossible
The Bluebonnets
Paco Estrada
Taylor Davis
Shwa Losben
Patty Griffin
Vallejo
Soulhat
Sheridan Roalson
Colin Gilmore
Daniel Kang
Saturday's Radar
Liars & Saints
Kacy Crowley
Lady Band Johnson

John Charles "Johnny" Goudie (born October 14, 1968 in Coral Gables, Florida, United States) is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental musician, record producer, actor, and podcaster based in Austin, Texas. In his four-decade career, he has received acclaim for his unique vocals and a musical style rooted in classic rock. Goudie has been the recipient of four Austin Music Awards and has fronted several bands including Goudie, Mr. Rocket Baby, Lovetree, Panjandrum, Liars & Saints, and the Little Champions. He has also been a sideman in several other bands, notably Endochine, The Lossy Coils, and Skyrocket.

Early life and music career[edit]

Raised in the Miami area, Goudie comes from a Cuban family. In 1982, Johnny saw Cheap Trick in concert, and this experience inspired him to become a musician. Later that year, Goudie started his first band, which he called ZEPHYR.[1][2] At age 16, Johnny became the guitarist of the band Cry Wolf, the side project of Carole King's guitarist Mark Hallman. On October 13, 1985, when Johnny was 16, his mother was beaten over the head in her apartment. She died 18 days later. The crime went unsolved for 23 years until a tip led police to arrest his mother's ex-boyfriend.[3] On April 15, 2011 the man was convicted of the murder.[4][5] Goudie channeled his grief into writing 150 songs in the months following his mother's death.[6]

In 1988 while living outside Houston, Johnny started a funk–soul band called Panjadrum.[7] After Panjadrum broke up in 1990, Goudie formed another band called Lovetree as well as pursued a side career as a solo artist.[7] In 1992 Lovetree recorded an EP entitled Sorry About the Drum Machine. Lovetree's sound was influenced by rock, funk and Latin music.

By 1993 Goudie had left Lovetree and moved to Austin, Texas where he fronted the rock band Mr. Rocket Baby, which included former members of Panjandrum and Lovetree.[7] Heavily influenced by the power pop bands Jellyfish and The Zombies, Mr. Rocket Baby's philosophy was to play 70s-influenced music while dressing and acting like they were from the 70s. Their first shows were opening for Davíd Garza and Bob Schneider before crowds of hundreds, and they became an instant hit in Austin, landed a management deal within a week, sold their cars and bought a touring van and hit the road. The band landed a weekly residency at Austin club The Steamboat. In 1993 Mr. Rocket Baby was voted best pop band in the Austin Chronicle's readers poll,[8][9] and they came in third place in voting for best new band overall.[10] Mr. Rocket Baby released one album, Make Believe, which was produced by Mark Hallman. Mr. Rocket Baby reunited for one concert in 2015.

On April 10, 1994 Johnny married Traci Campbell in Austin. The couple were married for 10 years. Their divorce was the subject of many songs on Goudie's 2005 album Boy in a Box.

After the breakup of Mr. Rocketbaby, Johnny toured with bassist Einar Pedersen and drummer Kyle Schneider, and the trio self-released an album called Fantastic. In 1996-1997 Johnny played guitar for the band Sunshine and played drums on the album 4-Track Mind with the band Jez Spencer,[11] an early incarnation of Spencer Gibb's band which would become 54 Seconds. He also co-wrote the song "Stuck in a Hole" on Darin Murphy's 1998 album Solitarium[12][13] as well as co-wrote the song "Sun Earth Moon," which appeared on The Borrowers' second album Overcoming Gravity and was also featured in a commercial for The Cleveland Planetarium.

Goudie 1997–2002[edit]

In Spring 1998 Johnny's new band, simply named Goudie, played the South by Southwest festival in Austin. Goudie was the second band signed to the record label The Music Company, a subsidiary of Elektra Records, and a vanity label formed by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich,

In July 2000 Goudie released its first album Peep Show. In June 2001 the band left Elektra and joined friends at independent Austin label India Records, which released the band's second album ...Effects of Madness in March 2002. However, later that year, the band split up.

Post-Goudie career[edit]

Following the breakup of his band, Johnny returned to writing and recording songs in his home studio. He independently released an album of self-recorded demos entitled 18 Unreleased Home Demos 1996-2001 as well as a Christmas album Johnny Says Ho, which was released only to his fan club. These releases led to a series of other demo collections entitled Return of the Handlebar, I Think I'm a Genius, Electric Boogalo, Helloprah! and The Loyalist; the latter consisted entirely covers. He appeared on Eliza Gilkyson's 2002 album Lost and Found, Colin Gilmore's album The Day the World Stopped and Spun the Other Way, and Jeff Klein's 2003 album Everybody Loves a Winner. He continued to write his own material and in Summer 2003 he released a solo album entitled I Love Elke on Strangelove Records, a label dedicated to artists making records on their own terms. Johnny also co-wrote the song "Intertwined" which appeared on Canvas's 2004 album Four Days Awake. He was voted best keyboard player in the 2004 Austin Chronicle music awards for his work with the band Endochine.

Goudie also produced albums for scores of local bands and musicians. In 2004 Johnny produced Canvas's third album Painting The Roses. On the subsequent tour for Painting the Roses, Johnny played as opening act with Canvas as his backing band, and then played keyboard with Canvas during their headlining set. Goudie also played several acoustic shows with Canvas frontman Joseph King and was briefly a member of King's post-Canvas band which became Deadbeat Darling.

Later in 2004 Johnny played on Pale's album Here in addition to completing his second solo album Boy in a Box, which was the debut release of F+M Records. The tracks "Back of a Magazine" and "Everyone Remembers (When You're Cool)" from Boy in a Box were included on the soundtrack of the 2006 short film Surf Gang. 2006 also saw the release of Johnny's acoustic album All You Can't Undo, which he supported with a nationwide acoustic tour with Taylor Davis. While on tour, Goudie and Davis met singer/songwriter Shwab Losben, and the three recorded an album titled Chop Chop. In 2007 Johnny joined long-time friend Ian Moore's band, The Lossy Coils, on a nationwide tour in support of their album To Be Loved.

In addition to being a member of The Lossy Coils and SKYROCKET!, Johnny still plays live shows as a solo artist, and has assembled a band titled Johnny Goudie and the Little Champions, which includes Brad Byrum (bass) and Scott Thomas (drums) of Canvas and Ryan Holley (lead guitar) and Sweeney Tidball (keyboard). The band released its debut album El Payaso on February 3, 2009. Johnny co-wrote the song "Broken" with Rachel Loy and Sara Hickman for the 2010 album Absence Of Blame. Johnny has also played in Kathy Valentine's bands The Impossible and The Bluebonnets, and in 2014 he recorded an EP with Valentine on which he co-wrote two of the songs. His backing band has been a revolving cast of musicians, often being an entirely female lineup including at various times Kathy Valentine, Suzanna Choffel and Dominique Davalos. The band's name has evolved from "Johnny Goudie and the Lady Champions" to "Johnny in the Ladies Room" to "Lady Band Johnson".

In 2014 he played guitar, piano, organ slide and sang harmonies on Kimmie Rhodes's album Cowgirl Boudoir. The album also includes a cover version of the song "I Am Falling", which Goudie wrote (the original version appeared on his 2003 album I Love Elke). In late 2014 Goudie also provided backing vocals on Paco Estrada's album Bedtime Stories.

Podcast[edit]

In 2011 Johnny started broadcasting a podcast entitled "How Did I Get Here?" in which he interviews fellow musicians and people in the entertainment industry. As of June 2016, he has recorded over 500 episodes.

Selected discography[edit]

Year Group Title Label
1990 Panjadrum Chuck EP
1992 Lovetree Sorry About The Drum Machine EP
1994 Mr. Rocket Baby Make Believe Crystal Clear
1994 Mr. Rocket Baby Homegroan Volume 1 KROX
1994 Mr. Rocket Baby Local Licks Live '94 KLBJ
1994 Mr. Rocket Baby Tales from the Edge Volume Nine & Ten KDGE
1996 Johnny Goudie Trio Fantastic
2004 Johnny Goudie I Think I'm a Genius
2004 Johnny Goudie The Loyalist
2004 Johnny Goudie Helloprah
1997 Johnny Goudie Trio Rotating Parts: A Propeller Collection Propeller Records
1997 Jez Spencer 4-Track Mind
1998 Johnny Goudie Trio Do Me Baby! - Austin Does Prince
2000 Goudie Peep Show TMC/Elektra
2000 Goudie ASCAP's EAR Volume 3 ASCAP
2001 Johnny Goudie Johnny Says Ho
2002 Goudie Effects of Madness India
2002 Johnny Goudie 18 Unreleased Home Demos 1996-2001
2003 Johnny Goudie I Love Elke Strangelove
2003 Canvas Four Days Awake Desert Tide
2003 Daniel Kang I Wish I could See You
2002 Eliza Gilkyson Lost and Found Red House Records
2003 Jeff Klein Everybody Loves a Winner
2004 God Drives a Galaxy Pale Blue Dot
2004 Colin Gilmore The Day the World Stopped
2004 Pale Here
2005 Johnny Goudie Boy in a Box F+M
2006 Saturday's Radar Kill All the Dj's National Records
2006 Johnny Goudie All You Can't Undo
2006 Johnny Goudie Surf Gang Soundtrack
2008 Shwa Losben Chop Chop
2008 Johnny Goudie and the Little Champions Seachange Compilation Seachange Records
2008 Johnny Goudie and the Little Champions Battle Scar Maxi Single Seachange Records
2009 Johnny Goudie and the Little Champions El Payaso Seachange Records
2011 Liars & Saints Liars & Saints EP
2012 Various Artists Austin Christmas Same Sky
2014 Kimmie Rhodes Cowgirl Boudoir Sunbird Records
2015 Kathy Valentine Solo EP
2015 Paco Estrada Bedtime Stories Reckless Love, LLC
2016 Jeremy Nail My Mountain

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 A Slipping-Down Life Jesse
2007 A Very Bad Day Officer Shumanski

Television roles[edit]

year Title Role Notes
2002 Going to California Band Member (with Jerry O'Connell) Episode: "Searching For Eddie Van Halen"

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