When you first hear Eve Goodman’s music you’re likely to recognize one or all of her childhood influences, from Joan Armatrading and John Prine to Joan Baez and Paul Simon, but you’ll quickly realize that the honesty of her lyrics and the eloquence of her music are indicative of a style all her own.
Before moving to Pittsburgh, PA, Eve spent ten years in Nashville, TN honing her skills as a singer/songwriter. Her many experiences included regular performances with Gillian Welch, Kami Lyle and Lynn Biddick for their popular monthly show, “Born to Cook,” as well as appearances at the world re-knowned Bluebird Cafe. In January of 2002, Eve moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a career as Program Coordinator/Music Librarian with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO), and was pleasantly surprised to discover Pittsburgh’s vibrant and thriving musical community – a little known treasure that is a kaleidoscope of genres filled with many talented musicians.
After local producer and guitarist, John Caldwell met up with Eve at a blues jam in Oakland, they joined forces performing as a duo at various clubs and coffeehouses around town and hosted a popular monthly songwriter’s showcase in Squirrel Hill. Last December Eve & John celebrated the release of their CD, “What the Living Do,” as well as their EP, “Peony” and are starting to perform more frequently with a band that includes Jim DiSpirito on percussion and Dave Pellow on upright bass.
Eve wears many musical hats and recently started playing guitar in a jazz duo with Tracy Drach. The duo incorporate their originals with the classic jazz tunes of yesteryear that Ella, Sarah, Billie and Lena made famous. You can catch them around town as Eve & Tracy.
An original member of The Riveting Rosies, founded by Stacy Mates and Patti Spinner (local songwriters that sadly had to re-locate to Michigan), Eve often joins fellow songwriters, Heather Kropf, Sue Gartland, Janet Ingram and Tracy Drach for unique shows. Blending jazz, bluegrass, pop/rock/folk and a lot of humor into each other’s songs the Rosies’ performances are popular events that always pack a room.
Pittsburgh continues to open musical doors for Eve and in the past few years Eve she has been most fortunate to cross paths with lounge sensations Dicey Stewart & Paprika LaRue and has become their musical consultant.
A native of Boston, MA, Eve’s musical adventures started as early as eighteen when she broke into the acoustic music scene in New England and New York City and played at legendary folk venues Passim in Cambridge and the SpeakEasy in New York City; opened for Cheryl Wheeler and Jesse Winchester and shared the stage with Catie Curtis and Tracy Chapman. Her first self-produced CD, Get to You (1990) received many favorable reviews from Boston newspapers that caught the ears of Columbia, Arista and Polygram Records, which encouraged her to hit the road for “Music City” and find what she could do. In 1997, Eve produced a second CD, Beneath the Same Sky comprised of songs written while in Nashville. The album covers a lot of ground and features her instrumentals as well as the fine handiwork of some of Nashville’s best musicians like David Rawlings and Drew Perkins.
On her own or together with John Caldwell, Tracy Drach or the Riveting Rosies, Eve’s concerts are memorable affairs. She’ll mix originals with a few well-chosen covers, a Leadbelly blues, a standard like “Pennies from Heaven” or a Paul Simon cover. Her performances are intimate and unaffected and whether the tune is biting or bittersweet, she keeps the folk singer/songwriter traditional alive while adding her own personal touch.