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Fronted by lead singers Annalyse McCoy & Ryan Dunn, the band's melding of alt-country, bluesy bluegrass and classic rock echo the core members' diverse roots: Annalyse descended directly from the infamous McCoys of Eastern Kentucky, and Ryan deeply rooted in the beach culture of southern New Jersey.
2/3 Goat's album Stream of Conscience and their music video of the title track have gained them recognition & features from outlets such as The Huffington Post, AOL Music, New York Music Daily, and others. They were chosen as one of the top 10 bands out of over 3,500 in competition to perform in The Outlaw Roadshow at SXSW 2013 hosted by Adam Duritz of The Counting Crows and Ryan Spaulding of Ryan's Smashing Life.
The band is teaming up with two producers in 2015 for their latest album, Let It Rise: Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman's "secret weapon") and Charles A Martinez (Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Steely Dan, Broadway's On the Town). They will be digitally releasing 2-3 songs every two months (iTunes, etc) until the full-length album is completed by the end of the year. At this point, they will release the entire record on CD.
McCoy, a seasoned performer, grew up singing at festivals & renowned venues throughout Kentucky (Renfro Valley, Jimmy Dean True Value Competition, Mountain Arts Center,...). She attended Northern Kentucky University earning a BFA. During this time, she also recorded a solo album, Movin' On, and was invited to sing the female lead on "Darlin'," a track by 500 Miles to Memphis on their album Sunshine in a Shot Glass.
Dunn started singing early as well, performing with the Barnegat Bay Breeze singers on the boardwalks at a young age. While attending Elon University, Dunn was a member of the vocal jazz group Elan. He was also a cofounder of Twisted Measure, Elon's very first a Capella group, which from its conception won prestigious awards. He and McCoy met in New York City, and soon after, 2/3 Goat was born.
In 2010, After winning the MR King Productions Singer-Songwriter Competition, the band released their first EP, Up The Mountain. The album was recorded at Tainted Blue Studio (formerly the penthouse of Quad Studios) in Times Square, NYC with producer Patrick Shaw during the late night to early morning hours during a cold week in January. "During this week of recording," remarks McCoy, "we shared the nights with the city that never sleeps."
In 2011, their second EP Stream of Conscience was recorded in Nashville at Welcome to 1979 Studios with producer Chris Mara (Gin Blossoms, Rounder Records) on a restored MCI 2’ 24 track tape then mixed in pro-tools, giving the album an “old meets new Nashville” feel. The album features prominent Nashville musician Russ Pahl on pedal steel. The console used to record Stream of Conscience is museum-worthy: a fully restored 1978 MCI JH428 originally owned by Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner (aka “Mr. Grand Ole Opry”).
Annalyse & Ryan went on the road, heavily touring in support of Stream of Conscience. Traveling in a 2-door Honda Civic down the eastern seaboard and through the mid-Atlantic states, and as far west as Austin, Texas, they often brought along fiddler Ryan Guerra. Touring as an acoustic trio in many cities, they would pick up rhythm sections in certain larger towns such as Nashville, where Stream of Conscience drummer Andy Wilmoth and bassist Jon Cavendish reside. Annalyse and Ryan feel that this organic building of their fan base despite hardships and having different players, gave 2/3 Goat a strong foundation and even helped broaden the music, bringing to light the solidity and quality of what really matters in the end: The Songs.
A portion of their touring has always involved festivals and rallies in support of a cause near and dear to 2/3 Goat: fighting mountaintop removal coal mining. This is a practice in central Appalachia which involves bombing the tops of mountains to reach the coal seam, leaving behind the highest cancer rates per capita in the nation due to runoff. It also results in a barren landscape and the burying of thousands of miles of freshwater streams. On Stream of Conscience, both the title track and the song "Green Paper Mountains" address this issue.
July 2014 saw the release of 2/3 Goat's latest single, "It's in the Blood," available digitally worldwide. The song was recorded at The Sanctuary in Nashville, and features guitarist Jesse Isley (Will Hoge). The song was inspired by Annalyse's bloodline, as she is a descendant of the McCoys of eastern Kentucky who feuded with the Hatfields. The lyrics seek to explain the rage and fire in the heart of a McCoy, but they are universal in theme and exemplify a family pride that all human beings can relate to: "If you give in, then you live in / an existence you can't win / When my cup runneth over it may cause a flood / But it's in the blood."
2/3 Goat has played on stage with such artists as Kathy Mattea, Trent Wagler of The Steel Wheels, Big Kenny of Big & Rich, and Daniel Martin Moore.
Annalyse McCoy - Singer/Songwriter, Mandolin, Guitar
Ryan Dunn - Singer/Songwriter, Guitar
Jason Liles - Bass
Neil Nunziato - Drums
Ryan Guerra - Fiddle