It’s the opposite side of the old American adage “Go West Young Man.”
When he set out on his journey to seek fresh opportunities and to harvest his crops upon the countryside of a new and different land, Allan Goodman could go no farther west. Born and raised in Southern California, he put the Pacific Ocean at his heels and set off for a new life in the Hill Country of Texas.
It’s a bit misleading to use the word “crops,” as Allan is not an agriculturalist by trade. He’s a songwriter, you see, but the analogy works perfectly. His seed is an idea, his fertilizer a deep love of melody, his combine is a pen pressed against paper. Luckily for us, the songwriter is a lean and mobile creature. Not unlike a wandering sharecropper, when the proverbial well of ideas runs dry a songwriter can pack his bags, grab his guitar, and set off in search of a new source of inspiration.
Allan found this new source after settling in New Braunfels in 2008. The culmination of this move—from his lifelong home to these unfamiliar surroundings in Texas—and of his travels in between lies in front of you now in the form of a brand new album: Days With You.
It’s not so much a roadmap of his move, but more like a pictorial of the journey in musical form. The leaving of familiar places and faces, the loss of a comfort zone and the discovery of a new home all come together over the course of nine songs. As with any journey, there are ups and downs, losts and founds, trials and tribulations. Goodman’s bravery is our bounty—the prized and shimmering musical gem of which is this album.
He is a relentlessly touring troubadour, a consummate and capable guitarist, and a humbly underappreciated multi-instrumentalist—the kind of artist that lets his talent do the talking for him. There’s no bravado about him, no boastful look-at-me attitude, no flash and no smoke. He doesn’t need those things. His music stands on its own, his playing is unmistakable, and his voice is one of a kind.
California’s loss may be Texas’s gain, but Days With You is something that anyone, anywhere, can enjoy and appreciate. You want to take a look into the heart and soul of an artist as he finds himself in a state of transition? Look no further than this.
All things come to an end, of course, and Days With You marks the end of Allan’s transitioning period. His career, however, has only just begun its steady climb. If this album is indicative of his future, Allan Goodman won’t be going east or west for a long, long time. These days he has only one directional choice ahead of him: upwards.