Fresh from their 38th European tour, the Good Brothers are ready to put on a show for the local crowd at Maryhill’s one and only Commercial Tavern.
“From Amsterdam to Maryhill, here we come,” laughs Bruce Good, one third of the Canadian country music trio.
Joined by twin brother Brian and younger brother Larry, Good says they always look forward to the Maryhill crowd, even after 48 years in the music business.
“Paul Weber is a very good friend of ours first of all and foremost. He’s got this cool little club down there that it seems a lot of acts are performing at. It seems like a popular little place for somewhere out in the middle of nowhere. And it really draws a real listening audience, which is very appealing for any band. So it’s really a lot of fun,” Good said.
“It’s very cozy.”
In less than two weeks they’ll head to Atlantic Canada for yet another tour. And they’re still keeping busy with recording on top of touring. He says after nearly a half century in the music business, “it’s too late to turn back now.”
They played in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland on their most recent European tour, but they’ve toured places like Spain, Austria, France and the Czech Republic.
“It seems that with every album it seems to sustain our careers for another few years. It looks like we’re going to make it to the big 50-mark in our careers anyways. That’s kind of exciting for us. It’s music for us. My dreams of being a NHL hockey player or a neurosurgeon are far behind me now. That ain’t gonna happen and in fact it probably never was going to happen,” he laughs.
They were recently inducted into the North American Country Hall of Fame, which he says was a nice feather in their cap.
It’s not often they perform at bars anymore, with the Tavern being one exception.
“Actually Paul’s club, the Commercial, is one of the very few bars that we play. Now we play mostly festivals and fairs and special events like that. But Paul is a dear old friend of ours, so we like playing his club. His place is kind of special in that way that it’s a listening club and you really get the message across,” Good said.
He says they have a fairly stable routine that works so they often stick with that, but since they’ve played the tavern several times before, they’ll have some new material for the audience.
And their fan base has stuck around all these years, making it possible for them to perform here in Canada and abroad.
“It’s really great to spread our wings and see other countries. That’s half the reason I got in this business because I love people and I love to travel, so you get to enjoy both when you play music like this,” Good said.
They’ll be taking requests at their Tavern concert and he says if they know the songs they’ll do them. People can expect to hear “The Fox on the Run,” along with lots of original songs, new and old.
“For us it’s more than just the music. A lot of our intros are part of our show as well. We like to entertain at all times, even while we’re not playing music. Of course my wife has been saying that for years anyway,” he laughs.
And through it all their success comes back to being a family.
“It’s a good thing too when you work with your brothers. The egos don’t get in the way so much. I’ve seen some wonderful bands with tremendous potential and I’ve seen them split up over small things. I think the fact that we’re brothers helps keep us together because we’re good brothers first and then Good Brothers second,” Good said.
The Good Brothers perform at the Commercial Tavern Apr. 3 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 available at the tavern, 1303 Maryhill Rd., or by calling 519-648-3644.