The Good Brothers

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The Good Brothers
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The Good Brothers with Lou Moore on double bass in Kaufbeuren, Germany
Background information
OriginRichmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Years active1972–present
LabelsColumbia, RCA, Solid Gold, Savannah, Hogtown
MembersBrian Good
Bruce Good
Larry Good
Kevin Luciani
John P. Allen

The Good Brothers are a Canadian country, bluegrass and folk music group originating from Richmond Hill, Ontario. The band's core members are Brian Good (guitar), his twin brother Bruce Good (autoharp) and younger brother Larry Good (banjo).

Brian and Bruce Good initially joined guitarist James Ackroyd to form the band James and the Good Brothers in 1967. Their self-titled album was released on Columbia Records in 1971. After a tour itinerary throughout North America, including a Toronto concert opening for Grand Funk Railroad, the Goods wished to return to Canada while Ackroyd sought to continue in the United States.

In 1973, younger brother Larry Good joined the twins to form a new band which first performed 14 May 1974 in Toronto at The Riverboat club. Since then, the band has extensively toured Canada, United States and Europe. Their role in Canadian music was strengthened by winning the Juno Award for Country Group or Duo for eight consecutive years from 1977[1] to 1984.

In 1980, the group signed to Solid Gold Records. Their first two singles were covers - Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl, and Ace's How Long. While the latter single failed to chart, its b-side, an original song called Hot Knife Boogie, from their Live LP, recorded at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern (as were both sides of the former single) and featuring The Powder Blues Band, was popular on college campus radio stations, and received some play on FM rock stations like Toronto's Q107[2][3]. It would later be included on their 2008 compilation LP, Restricted Goods

The Good Brothers were supplemented by other musicians such as John P. Allen (fiddle) and Bruce's son Travis Good of The Sadies (guitar and mandolin). Travis was a regular member of The Good Brothers when Larry took a leave of absence throughout the 1990s.

The 1988 single entitled "You Won't Fool This Fool This Time" was written by Bernie LaBarge. It reached No. 14 on the Canadian country charts.

In 1996 the Good Brothers provided entertainment at the Queen's Park Provincial Legislature's Canada Day celebrations in Toronto, Ontario.[4]

In 2003 the Good Brothers performed at the Palmer Rapids Twin Festival, in Palmer Rapids, Ontario.[5]

In 2006 the band released a gospel album, Blind Faith, and then headed out on their 29th tour of Europe.[6]



Year Album Chart Positions CRIA Label
CAN Country CAN
1971 James and the Good Brothers 52 Columbia
1975 The Good Brothers 58 RCA Victor
1977 Pretty Ain’t Good Enuff 72
1978 Doin' the Wrong Things Right 6 67
1979 Some Kind of Woman 9 49
1980 Best Of 11 95
Live 4 41 Gold Solid Gold
1982 Person to Person
1983 Live'n Kickin'
1986 Delivering the Goods Savannah
1990 Live Fast, Love Hard
1994 So Many Roads 22
1996 Gone So Long (Live in Europe) Hogtown
2001 One True Thing
2005 Live at the Rattlesnake Saloon
2006 Blind Faith
2008 Restricted Goods


Year Title Peak positions Album
1976 "That's the Kind of Man I Am" 20 The Good Brothers
"Midnight Flight" 15 74 24
1977 "Homemade Wine" 14
"Good Boogie"
1978 "Cowboy from Rue St. Germain" 30 Pretty Ain't Good Enuff
"Truck Driver's Girl" 16 Doin' the Wrong Things Right
"Please Come Back to Me" 25 12
1979 "Let Love Go" 45
"Some Kind of Woman" 19 30 Some Kind of Woman
1980 "Brown Eyed Girl" 15 2 Live
1981 "Fox on the Run"
1982 "Weekend Rodeo" 29 N/A
"Summertime" 6 Person to Person
1983 "Person to Person"
"Hold Out" 27 Live 'n Kickin'
1984 "Celebrate" N/A
1986 "This Could Be Serious" 31 Delivering the Goods
1987 "Better Off Alone" 19 20
"High Rollin' Heart" 22
"Gone So Long" 8
1988 "You Won't Fool This Fool This Time" 14
1990 "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" 14 Live Fast, Love Hard
"She Told Me So" 10
"Why Baby Why" 20
1991 "We Don't Always See Eye to Eye" 10
1994 "That's What Highways Are For" 10 So Many Roads
"I Really Dug Myself a Hole This Time" 9
1995 "The Shape I'm In" 63
"Don't Know Much About Love"
2002 "What the Hell I've Got" One True Thing
"Honey and Heartache"


  1. ^ Martin Melhuish (23 April 1977). Juno 1977. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 76–. ISSN 0006-2510.
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  4. ^ "Canada '96", The Toronto Star, 28 June 1996
  5. ^ Palmer Rapids Twin Festival Souvenir Program, July 2003
  6. ^ Quill, Greg, "Good move toward gospel", The Toronto Star, 5 October 2006.

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