I first encountered Allan Goodman about six years ago, not long after he’d moved to Texas from California. I was managing and booking Kristen Kelly, and the Modern Day Drifter project was in a period of transition after the departure of Joe Churchill. We were seeking a guy that could play guitar, sing backing and lead vocals and write songs. We put the call out and I was immediately inundated with referrals. Of the dozens of name that poured in, the one that came most often and with the most clout due to the backing of Shannon Canada and Wade Bowen was one Allan Goodman. I reached out to him and we set up a jam/rehearsal in San Marcos.
The moment I met Allan I felt like I’d already known him a lifetime. He had bright blue eyes and a big, warm smile. Even though I’d only corresponded with him via email, he didn’t reach out for a handshake upon us first meeting. He opened his arms and went in for a hug. Not a bro hug, but a legitimate hug like you’d lay on your grandmother. Conversation flowed as easily in the first five minutes with AG as it often does with your closest friends. That’s just how he was.
After the jam, we all decided that Allan was great, but probably too good for what we were looking for. I encouraged him to keep doing his solo thing and filling in with other groups until he found … Keep Reading