From Buck to Johnny, to Waylon and Willie, to Merle and Lefty, the very best country music has shown the rich complexity of life. Steel backbones and breaking hearts. The true grit that helps people survive every difficult day. And those qualities haven’t been forgotten. Country music is like breathing to Goodman. It’s been part of his life since before he was even born.
Goodman wears his heart on his sleeve, and he’s happy to do so. “Most of these songs are straight out of my own life,” Goodman admits. “I believe some people will be able to directly relate to them.
” He’s always made country music his priority, ever since playing his first professional gig at the age of 15, on Live at Libby’s in Maysville, Kentucky. Goodman recently starred in Chicago's production of Ring of Fire, a musical about Johnny Cash, which was nominated for six Jeff awards – the equivalent of a Tony in Chicago – and he’s been part of the Million Dollar Quartet Broadway tour. So, even in the theater, he’s kept his country roots close.
"People have these stereotypes of country music and hillbillies," Goodman observes. “All the clichés, but the truth is more complex. I know, I’ve lived it. I grew up poor in a small town in Kentucky. That doesn’t make us backward, though. We knew about life, maybe more than city people. I’m proud of my home state of Kentucky. You need that strand of where you’re from or you don’t have an anchor. At its heart, country’s a state of mind, not a location.”