Bruce, Brian and Larry – the Good Brothers – plan to answer their yearning to get back home again with the Good Brothers “Homeward Bound” tour.
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Bruce, Brian and Larry are the Good Brothers.
“There is nothing more rewarding than being true to yourself and true to your roots,” says Bruce Good.
“At this point in our career we feel confident, comfortable and intent on enjoying recording music that we love to play, not what record companies or other industry people think we should play. We can do what we want to do, not what we have to do, and one important aspect of this thought process is our tour of the Atlantic provinces.”
During this tour, they will make one stop on P.E.I. to perform at the Trailside Inn in Mount Stewart, next Saturday, Oct. 19. Showtime is at 8 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Good Brothers last four decades include eight Juno Awards as Best Country Group, 14 albums – one of them Gold, many world tours, plus an induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
Home to the Good Brothers has always been New Brunswick, specifically the hamlet of Clifton-Stonehaven on the north shore of Bathurst on Bay Chaleur. Their parents, Harold Good and Albina Cormier, were born there. Although the elder Goods moved to Toronto, their parents instilled a love in their sons for “down home,” as they always referred to New Brunswick.
“The best remembrance I have,” says Bruce, “is going to a dance and seeing our first live music. We remember haying (bringing in loads of hay off the fields) with our friends and cousins. Although we were kids and probably more in the way than helpful, it was something we will never forget. After a hard day’s work we would get to ride the workhorses.
“I also remember seeing our dad cry for the first time when we had to depart for Ontario again,” added Bruce. “We felt that we were just visiting Ontario, not living there.”
In 1970, the brothers joined up with James Ackroyd to become James and the Good Brothers and played with Grand Funk Railroad at Maple Leaf Gardens. Following this, they were all aboard the Festival Express with music legends Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Janis Joplin, The Band, the Grateful Dead to name a few.
In 1973, Bruce and Brian came home to Canada. When they recruited brother, Larry, the Good Brothers began their successful careers.
Each of their 21 world tours included a story about their roots and their childhood. “Live at The Rattlesnake Saloon,” the album recorded in in Munich, Germany, revisits their Acadian roots with songs like “La Bastringue,” a song that their mother taught them as young children and “Saint Anne’s Reel.” “An Old Man’s Tears” was written about their father Harold and has a lyric reference to the Miramichi. Their album “Blind Faith” is a portrait of their family music history and is dedicated to the memory of their parents.
“The ‘Homeward Bound’ tour,” says organizer, Don Coleman, of A/R Group International, “was meant to be. Sometimes in life, situations arise that are greater than the sum of their parts and the tour is exactly that. I wanted to organize a tour and The Good Brothers wanted to come home.”
On this fall’s Atlantic tour, Moncton native, Peter Sisk, will be performing with the Good Brothers on stand-up bass making him the adopted fourth brother.
Tickets for the Mount Stewart and all Atlantic shows are available online at Ticketbreak http://www.ticketbreak.com/venue_details/1181.