Gates & Goodell play their original acoustic songs, in a style they call "West Coast
Folk Rock", at live performances in pubs, restaurants and coffeehouses around the
LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara areas of the California coast. Their music is filled
with rich harmonies and layered acoustic instrumentation, influenced by many artists
including Loggins and Messina, America, the Eagles, James Taylor, and the Beatles.
Singer/Songwriters John Gates and Bill Goodell, seasoned coffee-shoppers turned folk-rock
duo, met in 2002 at a 4-day Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina)
songwriter performance workshop.
Sharing musical backgrounds and tastes, they began playing local festivals, showcases
and open-mics in the music-rich Santa Barbara area ,and quickly gained notice and
booking in the region. Their original acoustic songs are personal, and real, and
range from haunting ballads to rollicking tongue-in-cheek novelties. Their shows
are distinguished by the amount of richness in harmony and arrangement they accomplish
with only two performers.
John and Bill have shared the stage with some legendary musicians including Jim Messina,
Kenny Edwards, Freebo, John Batdorf, Crosby Loggins, Kate Wallace and a veritable
who's who of local Santa Barbara musicians. They have received eight "honorable mention"
awards in the Billboard World Song Contest, and their songs have received radio airplay
and movie placements .