Songwriter/singer and namesake “Gooding” and his musical family, Jesse Rich, Billy Driver and Jenny Wood, have been touring and recording non-stop for the better part of their lives. Their shows are infused with the confident energy and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion that only comes from childhood friends living out their dream on the road. Audiences witness what is almost a secular church revival: thundering drums and bass, soaring harmonies, blazing guitars, poignant lyrics, all delivered with enough soul and honesty to make the most jaded critic remember why every kid at one point has thought about grabbing a guitar, or a set of drum sticks.
Through relentless touring and honest interaction with their fans, music on Criminal Minds, Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show, DVDs of Iron Man 2 and Walk the Line, the band is building the kind of brick by brick long-standing career that major label artists aim for, but doing it with their fans along for every step of the ride. They drive a crowd-funded bus lovingly called "lil red #1" which runs their portable studio off solar panels, and they consider a huge step up from the vans and trailers they have ran into the ground through non-stop touring in the midwest.
“We 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, no clean clothes… each and every setback just made us more of a family. A real band was made to play live on the road and this extended family has tested it’s metal and found it can get through anything together. We are having more fun than ever, the songs for the new record came quick and this band nailed 'em down to tape faster than anything I've seen".
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.
2010 saw the band from Wichita hitting every state in the lower 48. Their 7 months of non-stop travel included shows donated to 16 Military Bases and Walter Reed Hospital, and the band was honored with a private tour of the White House.
Gooding’s support for the PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) 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 is touring their new album “We Are The Dark Stars”, criss-crossing both the US and UK. They recently helped found the 501(c)3 charity "FundingTheFutureLive.org" to perform and talk to high school students about financial literacy. If history is any guide, nothing will stop these 4 Kansans from bringing their music to a town near you soon….