By Joshua Wallace
Old Time Feeling is the debut album of western Kentucky native S.G. Goodman. This debut is a record that presents itself as Americana on the surface, but there are dashes of country, alt rock, blues and some psychedelic flares throughout that keep you listening and you will not want to skip a track. It’s an impressive debut and I highly recommend checking it out if you have not already. Here are a few highlights of the record.
The album opens up with “Space and Time”. It sounds like something you would find on a 1960’s country radio station. It’s a slow almost psychedelic love ballad. I love the subtle tempo change in the lone verse of the song, it’s a nice touch to the overall sound. Up next is the bluesy rocker “Old Time Feeling”. S.G. Goodman’s vocals feel at home over the rock beat here and I wish there was more like this on the album. It’s one of the better tracks and serves as a break from the slower ballads throughout.
“The Way I Talk” features a chugging guitar and drum beat that sounds a bit like indie folk amped up and put through an alt country filter. The track is innocent enough till it slides into a feedback heavy rock solo at the end that just works with the overall groove of this album. “Burn Down The City” starts out as an electric folky track and morphs into an alt rock groove. It starts out subtle, but the guitar slowly gets more distorted till it turns into a chugging alt rock riff that eventually gets the whole band involved. I dig the transitions in this track. Finally, “Kitchen Floor” is a track leaning more to country music and has thick pedal steel throughout. There is a slow waltz-like pace to the drums and when that is mixed with the high lonesome vocals and the pedal steel on this track it creates an amazing soundscape.
S.G. Goodman has created a record that carries an interesting mix of sounds throughout and you can hear her southern influences clearly. Folk, country, alt rock and blues are all mixed in here with artistic flares of psychedelic and retro sounds throughout. It’s a promising debut that should sound amazing live. S.G. Goodman is currently scheduled to open for John Moreland on his 2021 tour and I’m planning on making it to one of those shows when shows are happening again. In the meantime, you can check out S.G. Goodman’s website here and Old Time Feeling was released everywhere as of July 17th, 2020.
Favorite Tracks : Space and Time, Old Time Feeling, Tender Kind, The Way I Talk, Burn Down The City, Kitchen Floor
S. G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling (2020)
- Space and Time
- Old Time Feeling
- Tender Kind
- Red Bird Morning
- The Way I Talk
- Burn Down The City
- It Ain’t Me Babe
- Kitchen Floor
- Big Girl Now