Corona Classic Concerts Presents Louise Goffin!
|Sat, May 30, 2020 @ 9:00pm
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For Louise Goffin, being a musician isn't a linear job. It's a circular and collaborative career. The daughter of songwriting legends Carole King and Gerry Goffin, she has been making her own contributions to the family legacy throughout her multi-decade career, releasing ten solo albums along the way. She turns a new page with 2020's Two Different Movies, a cinematic record that finds its creator nodding to multiple influences — including classic pop, rootsy rock & roll, jazzy piano ballads, strutting glam, and the California folk-pop that's emanated from her Laurel Canyon stomping grounds for decades — throughout a ten-song track list that highlights not only her sharp songwriting, but also her ability to breathe new life into familiar sounds. The album doesn't pay much attention to the boundaries between genres. Instead, it draws up its own sort of musical map, focusing upon the timeless combination of a live band and a songwriter at the top of her game.
Two Different Movies nods to the entrepreneurial spirit that has run throughout Goffin's long career, from her days as a major-label act to her current status as an independent, business-savvy self-starter. Raised by creative parents whose passion for songwriting proved to be contagious, Goffin became a dedicated musician at an early age, opening for Jackson Browne at the world-famous Troubadour at 17 years old and releasing her debut, Kid Blue, while still a teenager. Since then, she's played multiple roles within the music industry, both onstage and off. Her multi-instrumentalist skills have found her sharing the stage with other artists, including a worldwide tour with Tears For Fears as lead guitarist and harmony vocalist. Meanwhile, her familiarity with the recording studio — recently sharpened by a six-month course at The Blackbird Academy in Nashville — has received similar recognition, with Goffin serving as the producer of Carole King's Grammy-nominated A Holiday Carole (an album for which she also wrote much-needed new seasonal songs, such as "Christmas Paradise" and "New Year’s Day"). A natural historian who remains dedicated to exploring, preserving, and demystifying the iconic songs that have become part of our lives, she's also the woman behind the new Song Chronicles podcast, the successor to the acclaimed podcast she co-hosted with Paul Zollo, The Great Song Adventure.
Capable of writing, performing, producing, and releasing her own material without outside help, Goffin has often acted outside the confines of the music biz, releasing one-off singles like "Is It Too Late To Hold On Tight" and the brassy, soulful "My Love Supreme" between albums. With Two Different Movies, though, she teams up with a cast of likeminded musicians who are similarly driven, including orchestral arranger Van Dyke Parks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench, world-renowned pedal steel player Greg Leisz, legendary drummer Charley Drayton, and four-time Grammy winning co-producer Dave Way, and many others. The same collaborators also appeared on her 2018 release, All These Hellos. As a result, Two Different Movies feels warm and inviting — an album of love songs, breakup ballads, and self-reflective tracks that are somehow both intimately personal and universal.
The recording sessions for Two Different Movies were inspired, with the band finishing three songs per day in a series of live takes. For Goffin, the experience harkened back to a time when records were made with musicians playing together in the same room, capturing the magic of a performance in real-time. "As musicians, we tend to isolate ourselves," she notes. "When we come out into the world and find likeminded people, it's enlivening and feels like family. Great work comes out of that. I've always been a songwriter, but I love bands."
Louise certainly hasn't led a life of isolation! She's someone who has zipped Aretha Franklin back into her gold dress during a Kennedy Center Honors dinner, danced with Prince to James Brown's "Sex Machine”, and duetted with her mother on the opening theme for Gilmore Girls. She's also been the subject of a piece of artwork by songwriting legend Joni Mitchell — a hand-drawn sketch that Joni whipped up for an 11-year-old Louise in Scotland, while backstage at a Carole King and James Taylor concert. Years later, that artwork now graces the cover of Two Different Movies, connecting Louise's inspired present with her equally inspiring past.
As the creative director of The Goffin & King Foundation, Goffin works to preserve the legacy of her parents — whose iconic compositions include "Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Locomotion", and "Up on the Roof" — through providing educational opportunities for songwriters, performers, and musicians to up their game cross-pollinating ideas with seasoned songwriters. She curates pop-up songwriting retreats in different parts of the world, most recently an inaugural retreat that occurred in Goodlettsville TN. Meanwhile, she continues creating her own legacy, remaining prolific and inspired throughout her career. Two Different Movies is the latest chapter of a story that's still unfolding, and Goffin has more tales to tell.