April 19, 2007


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One musician, one guitar
Justin P. Goodrich likes the solo life
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Justin P. Goodrich, a 20-year-old acoustic pop rock artist originally from New Hampshire, finds that, for him, the advantages of being a solo musician outweigh the disadvantages.

ďIíve been doing the solo acoustic thing for as long as I can remember. Iím actually trying to find a band but Iíve never really wanted to go out and play a show unless the band is near completion. Itís either all or nothing for me,Ē Goodrich said.

Goodrich recalls being a solo performer since the eighth grade. Heís also been in a few bands himself over the years, but nothing solid enough to keep him from going solo.

ďThe way the music industry is going today, you really have to get out there and do everything yourself first. It can be a lot of stuff to do on your own; having a career in music is extremely expensive and, at first, not at all financially rewarding,Ē Goodrich said.

Solo ended up being the way to go for Goodrich. In 2005 he released two solo acoustic albums, Everything Changes and With All My Heart. In 2006 he released another solo album, Online Cover, an EP. For 2007, Goodrich is working on another release, Live Your Life, which will feature mastered versions of his earlier tracks, as well as new material.

Goodrich even goes as far as playing multiple instruments for recording purposes, putting down his loved guitar and playing with the electric drums or sometimes the piano.

ďAnything that I write was most likely written for the guitar. All my songs are really simple songs that you can sing along to, when you break it down. A good song is only a couple of chords with a good melody,Ē Goodrich said.

Live Your Life, set to be released in mid-summer, will be a double-disc album. While doing his own recording for the past few years, Goodrich will also record the new album, but this time heíll be sending it off to be professionally mastered.

Even though Goodrich does desire to be completed with a full band one day, heís done pretty good as a D.I.Y. musician thus far.

Heís even got a pretty reasonable mini-tour throughout New England with Borders Books & Music, which actually gives him the flexibility to book shows all across the country.

For now, Goodrich is just taking on New England, but he hopes to extend toward New York and possibly further, if time permits.

Aside from being a musician, Goodrich is also leaning toward an acting career. Last summer, Goodrich was selected by New England Models Group, which helped him take a small step into the acting career. For his first acting job, Goodrich served as an extra in the movie Dan in Real Life, set to be released in late September.

And if his acting career and music career fail to support him, Goodrich has a backup plan to get into his familyís traditional trade of computer engineering.

Solo Justin
What: Justin P. Goodrich Borders Books & Music Tour
Who: solo acoustic artist Justin P. Goodrich
When: Friday, April 20, at Borders in Nashua; Friday, April 27, at Borderís in Concord
Where: Borders Books & Music, 281 D.W. Hwy. in Nashua; In Concord, Borders Books & Music is located at 76 Fort Eddy Road.
For more information: More upcoming tour dates, music samples and materials are available at justingoodrich.net or myspace.com/justingoodrich.