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Goofer Dust
NEWS   Brighton, England - Goofer Dust prove that the often-scorned blues genre is not dead with their debut album released this month entitled "Blood's Turning Black". The Brighton-based acoustic blues band infuse their no-nonsense country blues with urban blues harmonica, jazz saxophone, gritty Tom Waits style lyrics/vocals, tasteful percussion and samples/loops, as well as guest performances from others on double bass, percussion and backing vocals.

Paul Foss reflects his talent as singer/songwriter/guitarist/vocalist on the first 7 tracks of the new CD. There are also two refreshing cover versions, and a remix track to savour. It's a superb blend with regular band members, harmonica player Darren Causton, saxophonist Jeff Howlett and percussionist Gordon McGoochan.

"I take as my mantra that you should never judge a book by its cover", explains Paul. "Sometimes I call myself a blues musician. I grew up listening to Showaddywaddy and Status Quo. I wore lipstick and eyeliner in my late teens when I became fascinated with glam rock. Today I listen to Ali Farka Toure, Radiohead, Beethoven and Mance Lipscomb just to mention a few artists. This all affects the music that I make. Do I then describe myself as a blues/african/rock/classical player?"

Hear the influence of Tom Waits in "Burning" and "Conversation with GW", the raw energy of "Maybe Not" and the soulful introspective side of "What Can I Do" and "My Friend". There's also the menacing poetry of "The Final Time" which gives the album its title, and the spectacularly dark and brooding "Sugar Babe" (straight and Remix), giving more than a nod to the master of country blues, Mance Lipscomb. There are inventive reworkings of well-known tunes too. The humorous side of the group is shown in "Last Train to Clarkesville", and the gospel strains of "You Got To Move" cannot fail to move.

Just listen to the music and take it for what it is. A journey into the thoughts of a modern, sometimes confused man, affected by the things he sees, and experiences he hears and reads about on a daily basis. You can call it "country blues" or "acoustic blues" and yet there's so much more to this music than that. It takes the music past where it found it. And that's to a good place.

For more information, please contact:

DustBowl Productions

ph. 01273 771348

ph. 07860 367179

East Coast
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play hi-fi  Burning
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play hi-fi  Conversation with G.W.
Formed in late 2001, Goofer Dust are a five-piece acoustic band from Brighton, England. The four members come from very different, though complementary, musical backgrounds. Eclectism is very much the watch word when talking about their approach to music-making, but let's call it "Acoustic country blues meets jazz and country". Summing up the influences, there is a mixture of country blues (a la Kelly Joe Phelps, Mance Lipcomb & Eric Bibb), Tom Waits, as well as the country stylings of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Goofer Dust released a 3 track ep "Trading Faces" in August 2002 that was well received. "Blood's Turning Black" is their first album.
Why this name?
goofer dust is a voodoo charm...
Do you play live?
yes, anywhere we're asked to. playing live is the lifeblood of this band. we all come from the blues/jazz tradition where live performance is the thing.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
it puts much more onus/pressure on the bands themselves to self-promote and self-manage (things that musicians are not necessarily very good at!!)
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
yes, if only to get good promotion, management and distribution
Your influences?
Acoustic country blues. Tom Waits, Kelly Joe Phelps, Gillian Welch, Leonard Cohen, Eric Bibb
Favorite spot?
Rome, Italy
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