Do you love horn bands with funky songs and tight vocals? Then you should hear Gooseneck's new album, FLYIN' HIGH. Five funky songs with soaring vocals, high-flying horns and deep grooves.
The band is fronted by T.J. Wilkins from The Voice, and backed by some of the most in-demand musicians in L.A. Brought together by a shared love of old school funk, soul and R&B, they formed Gooseneck to write and record the kind of songs that inspired them to pick up instruments in the first place.
Gooseneck draws on influences ranging from the melodic sensibilities of Stevie Wonder to the harmonic richness of Steely Dan and the hot horn arrangements of Tower of Power.
FLYIN' HIGH (2017)
Flyin' High kicks off with "Good Things Take Time," a Sunday drive back in time to the soul heyday of Mr. Al Green.
"Shangri La La Land" then takes us on a guided tour of Los Angeles, from Roscoe's to the Chateau Marmont, with a slinky shuffle and outrageous horns.
Next we go down to Jamaica for a reggae tour with a jaded bass player, who is "Playin' In My Girlfriend's Band."
The fifth track "Leap of Faith" takes us to the bridge on the county line where we count to three before jumping into that cool river on a hot summer day.
And finally we end at the tip of Florida with "Let The Bon Temps Rouler" where we kick up our heels, drink a cuba libre, cheer the sunset and dance through the night.
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WILD GOOSE CHASE (2016)
Next up is "Up In The Air." A coming-of-age story that travels through the character's 20s, 30s and 40s. And takes us on a tour from Burning Man to Bonnaroo and beyond.
"Cut Me Loose" unleashes the Gooseneck horns over an infectious groove. This song turns the old adage "what's good for the goose is good for the gander" on its head. In this case, what's good for the gander is good for the goose.
On "Fake It Til You Make It," the Geese fly south to Jamaica for some reggae. And some fun and games, as T.J. sings spin the wheel and place your bet/it's time to play some fate roulette.
Then we travel from Jamaica to Spain. Boy-meets-girl in Barcelona, boy-loses-money in Monte Carlo, then boy-loses-girl the next day. That's the story in "Never Enough."
The album ends with a similar short-lived romance in "Hot Mess." This time we're in New Orleans, where it's hot and sticky. Or as the lead character says, it's 100 degrees in that dress/ain't it time to confess?
THE GOOSE IS LOOSE (2015)
Next up is the guitar-driven "Lucky You." In this rocker, the turnarounds in the chorus echo the turnabout the singer feels as he realizes he's not the con, he's the mark.
"Guilty Pleasure" visits an on-set romance in New Orleans. A sly shuffle and slinky horns set the stage for "abracadabra on the day we met / magic hour on the movie set."
And then the band seeks absolution in the confessional "Save Me," which opens on the broken promise "gonna get it right / but not tonight." There's plenty of time for salvation tomorrow.
"Boomerang Heart" takes a road trip back home, back to a bonfire on a summer lake, back to a wedding with a barefoot bride, and finally back to hallowed ground.
The EP closes with "Undeniable," a tune for tailgating at Friday night football games. It was made to be cranked across high school parking lots from Gainesville to Galveston, Biloxi to Baton Rouge.