S.G GOODMAN – ” Teeth Marks “

Posted: April 26, 2022 in MUSIC

S.G. Goodman looks right at home sitting in one of the bright red booths at Rudy’s on the Square as a waitress sets breakfast before her. She’s wearing two layers beneath her black Carhartt overalls, and a camouflage Hickman Hardware cap from her hometown overtops her trademark wire-rimmed glasses. The tables around her are filled with construction workers and farmers who are talking quietly as they devour meat-and-threes and receive coffee refills from waitresses who call them “honey and “darlin’”.

Rudy’s is the oldest restaurant in the small city of Murray, Kentucky, where Goodman has lived since she was 18, except for a six-month stint in Nashville. The café sits across the town square from the tall white Confederate memorial that was recently challenged; a unanimous vote kept the statue there. 

Murray State University is what first brought Goodman here from Hickman, an hour west, about as far west as one can go in Kentucky.

“I’ve set up my own roots,” Goodman says, scooping up a spoonful of grits. “When I first came here, it was like I was coming to the big city compared to where I’m from. It allows me to be an hour closer to Nashville. I’ve got a lot of chosen family here.”

Goodman is a keenly intelligent person who can talk at length about musical forms, theology, the history of the Mississippi River, and everything in between. She laughs often and easily, somehow mischievous and sweet at the same time. 

“Not seen you in here lately, honey,” the waitress says when Goodman pays the bill. “Where you been?”

“Yeah, I’ve been gone a little bit,” Goodman replies, not mentioning that she has just returned from doing a photo shoot in New York City for her much-anticipated second album. It’s unclear if the waitress realizes she’s talking to one of the most exciting acts in Americana music, an artist who has built a rabid following despite releasing her debut album at the height of the pandemic. “Old Time Feeling” was acclaimed by the likes of NPR, The New Yorker, PBS, The Guardian, and many others. It led to her touring with acts such as Jason Isbell and John Moreland, charming crowds with her precise lyrics, gritty sound, unforgettable vocals, and impish humour.

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