San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Gooding is soul-stirring, animated Rock ‘n’ Roll from the plains. With 750 shows in 157 cities under their belt, this LA-based/Kansas-bred power trio is by far one of the hardest-working bands in America.
Guitarist/Singer and namesake “Gooding” and his band of brothers, Jesse Rich and Billy Driver, have been touring nonstop for 8 yrs. Their live shows are infused with the confident energy and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion that only comes from 3 childhood friends living out their dream on the road.
Playing to passionate audiences, lead guitarist/singer Gooding tears up the stage, leaving sticks and strings all over. One of his signature moments on stage is playing two guitars at once. Gooding’s relentless touring and honest interaction with their fans has enabled them to build their following brick-by-brick over the years without a major label or corporate sponsors. Their past tours have been fan funded, as well as the band’s 2013 eco-tour bus.
Gooding’s music has been placed on the DVDs of Iron Man 2, Walk the Line, Ice Age 2, as well as in commercials for Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler. Their efforts have now caught the attention of sponsors, including Credit Union of America and U.S. Bank, who have teamed with Gooding to perform their music and talk to high school students about financial literacy.
Says Gooding, “Billy, Jesse and I have paid our dues with stolen gear, vans breaking down and catching fire, cooking ramen in the coffee pot at Motel 6, all night drives through black ice and tornados, shows with broken bones, no sleep, and no clean clothes.
Each and every setback only made us more of a family. A real band was made to play live on the road, and this extended family was made to have their mettle tested to get through anything together. Our efforts have allowed us to slowly and naturally become who we are, and amass a catalog of music and dedicated fans that are the core of everything we do.”
Besides being a ferocious live performer and a relentlessly-prolific songwriter, Gooding feels that making music and being in the public eye serves no purpose if it’s not serving the greater good.
In 2010, the band played every state in the lower 48. Their 7 months of nonstop travel included shows at 16 Military Bases and Walter Reed Hospital.
Gooding’s support for the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has afforded him the opportunity to be an honorary committee member on a short list that includes talents such as Woody Harrelson, Alec Baldwin, and Tobey Macguire.
Gooding was chosen to speak at the 2011 and 2012 Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, CO. The Conference, originally founded in 1948 as a forum on international affairs, chooses only 100 panelists from around the globe per year. Previous panelists have included Eleanor Roosevelt, Patch Adams, and Ted Turner. Gooding will also be a speaker/panelist at the 2013 SXSW.