Celebrated Austin Musician and Podcaster Johnny Goudie Announces Solo EP LEPER HANDS Out September 13
Cuban-American singer-songwriter Johnny Goudie announces the upcoming release of his new solo EP "Leper Hands" on Thursday, Sept. 13. This four-track record heavily features Goudie's piano playing, mixing in vintage guitars and upbeat drum beats with his smooth indie-rock vocals. Goudie will celebrate the release of "Leper Hands" with a release show at One-2-One Bar also on Thursday, Sept. 13 with supporting act Ty Richards. Doors are at 7 p.m., with Ty Richards at 7:30 p.m. and Johnny Goudie on at 8:30 p.m. For more information about Johnny Goudie, please see here.
"This EP is a modern take on a classic songwriter record," said Johnny Goudie."Think '70s Fleetwood Mac meets 'The White Album'-era Beatles."
Since his last solo release "El Payaso" in 2009, Goudie has been working away, playing over 100 shows a year in Supergroup cover band, SKYROCKET!, as well as starting two other bands, Liars & Saints and Johnny In The Ladies Room. In 2018, Goudie found himself writing in new creative ways, such as constructing a song based on only a title - the title track of the EP, "Leper Hands" came out of this exercise, with Goudie drawing inspiration from everything from carnivals to his own history and personal conflicts.
"These songs are me just dealing with life, you know," said Goudie about the EP. "No overriding message, just bits of life with some songs set at carnivals."
"Leper Hands" was recorded in three days in January 2018 at Church House Studios and The Congress House. The EP features Goudie on vocals, piano and keyboards, Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitar, Sean Crooks on bass and John Chipman on drums. The four had come together last August as the house band at the Dudley & Bob 25th Anniversary Show and had such a good time playing together that they teamed up again in 2018 to hit the studio and record Goudie's new songs. This EP marks the first time Goudie has had a "producer" since the '90s, with Newcomb taking on the role. Together, the band showcases a newer, simplistic musical style than Goudie's heavier rock past, with Johnny only playing the keyboards rather than his trademark guitar.
"We made sure that songs held up with just me playing very simple piano and singing to ensure the strength of the songs," said Goudie. "That was also a great bonding time for Scrappy and I. We put some parameters on ourselves. The atmosphere while recording, even though it was quick, it was relaxed, we had a lot of fun being together."
Goudie and his band are also joined by a couple of special guests, renowned local musicians Jane Ellen Bryant and Jaimee Harris, who perform backing vocals on the EP, adding an extra dimension to the tracks.
"After the band recorded the music and I sang all of my lead vocals, Scrappy thought it might be nice to have some female voices singing with me," said Goudie about the EP's guests. "I am very close friends with Jane Ellen Bryant and Jaimee Harris and they sing together all the time and sound so beautiful, so it was a very obvious choice. When we got their voices on this record, it gave the music such a gorgeous color. They sound like angels."
"LEPER HANDS" TRACKLIST IS AS FOLLOWS:
- Everyone's Got Something
- What Do You Say
- Luna Park
- Leper Hands
About Johnny Goudie:
Johnny Goudie is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental musician, record producer and podcaster based in Austin, Texas. Through his four-decade career, Johnny's musical experiences span the artistic gauntlet and include being the frontman of many bands including Goudie (Elektra Records), the guitarist/keyboardist/backing vocalist for renowned touring acts like Ian Moore & Bodeans, a songwriter working with the likes of Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine (Go-Go's), a solo artist capable of revealing a previously unseen intimacy, and of course, keyboardist/vocalist for SKYROCKET! In January of 2018, Johnny enlisted the help of his old friend, producer/guitarist, "Scrappy" Jud Newcomb (Slaid Cleaves, Ian McLagan) and recorded four songs for the "Leper Hands" EP to be released in fall of 2018.
In 2011 Johnny took his talents to the world of podcasting and launched his show "How Did I Get Here?" The podcast that takes the form of a casual living room conversation while simultaneously packing the punch of a formal interview. With thousands of subscribers, the show has garnered a worldwide fanbase through Johnny's curiosity and disarming sense of humor. He's hosted renowned guests like Ian McLagan (The Faces, The Rolling Stones), Dwight Twilley, The Bodeans, as well as up and comers like White Denim and Wild Child. What was first an archive of Austin music history is quickly becoming a chronicle of music beyond city limits. You can find the podcast here. For more info on Johnny Goudie, see here.