Somewhere in between the sweet sounds of old-time bluegrass and the deep recesses of the blues, you will find the Goodle Boys.
In late 2011, Fred Daniell formed The Goodle Boys around a passion for old-time music. The Boys began developing their own material drawing upon the greats from bluegrass, traditional folk and blues with a contemporary sensibility.
In addition to Daniell on mandolin, The Boys include Matt Graser on banjo and gutar, Greg Longeway on guitar, dobro, banjo, and harmonica, and Michael Bordner on upright bass. 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.
Fred Daniell, the Goodle Boys’ main vocalist and mandolin player 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 the mandolin is where his heart is. Fred played blues at an early age, became infatuated with jazz while attending art school, and then discovered his true loves: roots, old-time country, and bluegrass. His primary influences are Peter Rowan, 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.”
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.
Greg was born and Raised in Cincinnati, OH. His passion for old-time music started in high school but it was after his college years that he really started hone his skills on the guitar, National resonator guitar, harmonica, and mandolin. Greg's style has been heavily influenced by the old blues masters such as John Hurt, Mance Lipscomb, John Jackson, and Gary Davis and great pickers such as Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Norman Blake. He is always eager to get his hands on vintage instruments and play old songs the way they should be played.
All Greg asks is that you "Please don't drop my guitar.".
Michael Bordner was born and raised in the small Great Lakes town of Port Clinton, Ohio. He started taking Country Music guitar lessons at the age of 8, but neither Country music nor the guitar could hold his interest. It wasn't until later in life that he got back into music, picking up the electric bass guitar and studying Jazz. After trying a hand at playing Mandolin and Fiddle, Bluegrass music pulled him back into playing Bass.
"I've always been attracted to songs and music styles with a strong bass presence."
Now, he is completely committed to the Acoustic Double Bass, and playing music with other like minded individuals. He is interested in bands that take the traditional acoustic Bluegrass ensemble and push the genre to new limits. He is influenced by everybody who plays music, but especially Paul Kowert, Edgar Meyer, Mark Schatz and John Toedtman.
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