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Goodle Boys


Goodle Boys, Cincinnati, OH

Brother James, George L.

member since: 03/14/2012
USA: Cincinnati, Ohio (OH)
Phone: (513) 233-7613
Phone: (760) 459-7880
The Goodle Boys are an Old Timey / Americana / Bluegrass group from Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati.

The Goodle Boys are available for festivals, special events, live in-studio radio performances, private functions, and large/small live music venues.

Typically The Goodle Boys perform as a four-piece group. They may also include a featured guest for show, such as a fiddle player or a friend wielding a lap-steel guitar. They may also be available as a duo and trio, depending on the needs of the venue/event.


Goodle Boys Ryan Shadle and Fred Daniell met in late 2011 and quickly realized they both shared the same passion for acoustic and old-timey music. “Before the Goodle Boys formed, Shadle and I were trying to figure out what our sound was going to be,” says frontman Daniell. “After listening to the album ‘Sleep With One Eye Open’ by Chris Thile and Michael Daves, we figured out how to do close har
monies. Since then we've worked to perfect our own sound.” They began working on bluegrass, old-time country, traditional folk and blues, and other Americana tunes, and began to develop a style in the vein of Flatt & Scruggs, the Louvin Brothers, Hank Williams, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, and Ryan Adams.

Not long after their first show -- with Shadle on guitar and Daniell on mandolin -- they were joined on bass by Brother James. A few months later they recruited multi-instrumentalist Matt Graser to play banjo and harmonica. They currently play regularly in the Greater Cincinnati region, and often make road trips to play long-weekend mini-tours in various locations in the midwest and around the country.

Guitarist Ryan Shadle grew up in Dalton, Indiana, and picked up the instrument in college, as many young men do, "to impress the ladies." His love of bluegrass music goes back even earlier when, as a child on a drunkenly-driven bus during a church NASCAR trip, he was forced to learn every word of Grandpa Jones' classic, "I'm My Own Grandpa." Since then his influences have matured, and currently include John Hartford, Peter Rowan, Darrell Scott, and Neil Young. "The first harmony I ever hit while singing with my buddy Greg was when we were listening to Katie Laur's radio program: ‘Music from the Hills of Home’ and trying to sing the high lonesome sound; I could feel it hit my chest and I knew that was where it's at. Ryan appreciates harmony -- not only within the music he plays, but also within the band. "I believe our style lends itself to teamwork and camaraderie. Our type of music speaks volumes about the condition of the human spirit and perseverance.”

Fred Daniell, the Goodle Boys’ mandolin player and main vocalist is a natural musician. He first picked up a guitar in high school, and since then he's tried his hand with a number of other instruments –- trumpet, banjo, and piano –- and has a talent for each. But mandolin is his obsession. Fred was a blues aficionado at an early age, became infatuated with jazz while attending art school, and then discovered his true loves: roots, old-timey country, and bluegrass. His primary influences are Bill Monroe, Chris Thile, Ryan Adams, and Hank Williams Sr. “I love performing: feeling something in the music, and making an audience feel it too, whether it’s through a story or a beautiful melody –- that’s just amazing.” Although he was born in Connecticut and spent his childhood traveling overseas, he’s come to call Northern Kentucky –- and the music from its hills and hollers -– home.

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Graser grew up playing bluegrass standards with the "oldtimers" at his family camp site on the banks of the Ohio. Although he started playing at age 8, his love of performing took off at his high school talent show. He put a rock band together with some friends, and played a classic "hair metal" song –- earning a standing ovation, winning the show, and solidifying Matt's on-stage confidence. Matt plays guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, bass, piano, and drums, and although he could be a one-man band, he chooses to play only one at a time. When in rock mode, still plays the same beat-up Strat he bought in a pawn shop his freshman year of high school. True to his passion for roots and blues music, Matt's influences include Tony Rice, Eric Clapton, Earl Scruggs, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He's performed at WestFest, WKRC’s Bengals Nation, and the Bright (IN) Community Festival. Matt has previously played with the bands Good Time Charlie, River Valley Gang, My Girl Friday, and recorded with The Comforts.

Bassist Brother James grew up in Youngstown, Ohio during the punk and metal scene of the 80s and has been playing music for more than 25 years. But he was raised on old-school country music (like Waylon, Willie, and Hank Sr.), as well as Sinatra, Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and even Streisand and showtunes, thanks to his mother's eclectic musical taste. James spent his summers as a child in the northern mountains of Georgia and attended many bluegrass and 'mountain music' festivals -- he was hooked from an early age on the 'grass. In addition to bass guitar, he also plays tenor saxophone, and blues harmonica. James has opened for Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Little Feat, and Delbert McClinton. He has played many large events and festivals, including the Cincy Blues Fest’s Showcase Stage and headlined Cincinnati’s Winter Blues Fest. James has performed in various rock, metal, punk, jazz, and blues bands, including, Idle, Paleo Wah, Velvet Blue, Leo Clarke Band (occasionally still subs in on bass), Tempted Souls, RB Stone from Nashville, Cincy Blues Syndicate, and the Cincinnati Entertainment Award-winning blues band, Voodoo Puppet. He currently plays with the Brian Keith Wallen Band from Indiana, the blues-rock original outfit Whiskey Shambles, and the RiverTowne Ramblers. To James, bluegrass is "the best feel-good music ever. It just feels right, like a worthy cause or a spiritual gift."
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