"The first time I ever heard Led Zepplin. I decided right then and there that there was something far more spiritual and effective than religion, this music which could in fact save someone's soul. Of course at that time all I played was the piano, so I had a pretty steep learning curve ahead of me" - Matty (guitarist and singer)
"Our music is about the journey of life. Love, loss, hope, renewal and sometimes whiskey. We like to write about topics in a way that is somewhat veiled, yet could have very specific meanings to people based on their own experiences.
Our song "Diggin' A Hole" is a great example of that. Some people take a literal meaning to the song and I have heard them say its the story about burying a body - then in the same conversation another listener tells me they think its a metaphor for making mistakes in life. The correct answer regarding which of the above it truly mean is "yes". The song is about whatever you personally connect to it. Thats the true beauty of our work. Our music is personal for each of our listeners.
Our songs are meant to make you realize that there are others who share your strife and struggles, but at the same time remind you that everyone's trials are unique. Some of our work is personal and truthful, while other songs are fictional stories in which we vicariously live out daydreams. The decision of which songs fall into which of these categories is up to you the listener." - Matty (guitarist and singer)
"If I could choose to collaborate with any living artist it would be a toss up between JJ Grey, Xavier Rudd, or Joss Stone. JJ is an amazing vocalist and performer who I could definitely learn and grow from. Xavier Rudd is a one man virtuoso playing multi instrumentation while singing and holding down rhythm duties. He is out of this world. His musical choices speak to my soul and I find him rather inspiring. Everyone has heard of Joss Stone. To me her voice is perfection, however I feel her backing band has never done her justice. I would love to work closely with her to write the kind of songs her voice deserves.
If I were to reanimate the corpse of a musician, I would have loved to have jammed with Ray Manzarek (The Doors). He was amazing as well, and his riffs were nothing short of brilliance. To be able to solo over someone as solid as him...man what a dream. I would probably nut up and be afraid to go full speed around him. I consider him one of the most under-rated musicians of all time." - Matty (guitarist and singer)
"I think our biggest challenge as a band was finding the right members. The first incarnation of The Legendary Goodtimes was once called In Between. It took about 2 years of intense searching to find the right combination of players to form this trio.
Once we found each other the music just happened. I don't think any of us were prepared for how well we would sync together both technically and creatively. Once we had the right players, the challenges have been only financial. It is amazing how much money is required in order to start and run a band. These financial challenges are tough, but we would rather go through them and earn our place in music than be handed a golden ticket. People can sense when a musician truly lives his or her work and when they have gone through the ringer to be able to bring it to the public. There is a respect people show you when they know you are authentic and real." - Matty (guitarist and singer)
"My biggest dream for this band is simply to continue to make great music. We arent looking to become a household name. We love the West Coast of North America and this is where we make our homes and perform.
We have had some huge successes in our first year as a band. I would like nothing more than to continue what we have done, and keep bringing old school rock and roll back to the crowds.
In a world of digital, we purposely remain analog. We record our music using the same gear, methods, and techniques which early rock and roll bands we consider to be legendary did. We are trying to revive the spirit and sound of what rock and roll once was. It didnt use to need a word in front of it or behind it such as 'hard' or 'fusion'. It used to be a genre which stood on its own. We want that back. We dont play soft rock, we dont play blues rock, we dont play alternative rock. We just play straight up rock and roll - and thats all our goal ever was." - Matty (guitarist and singer)
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Soul, rock and motown artists from the 60's and 70's. It ranges from Zepplin to Al Green so its hard to nail down. Basically we love the classic rock sound, the deepness and emotion of soul music, and the stompy feel of southern and swamp rock. We also have modern day music heroes such as The Heavy, The Black Keys, Black Diamond Heavies, Left Lane Cruiser, JJ Grey and Mofro, Gary Clark Jr and on and on.