Joe WoodardGoleta Electric

Joe Woodard - Goleta Electric album cover
Label:Household Ink Records – HI-156
Country:USA & Canada
Genre:Folk, World, & Country


1Falling in with the Out Crowd
2Freedom in Kentfield
3A Season of Things
4Anti-Gravity (Slight Advance)
6Thanks for Asking
7High as a Kite
8Burning Bridges
9Love Slips
10Amorous Grace
11Look Back in Laughter
12Part Sigmund
13Pleasant Valley Monday
14Enough About Me
15The Other Night
16From the Lighthouses
17Down to Sleep
18Beyond (Timeless Lullaby)


"Goleta Electric" is the second "faux folk" album by singer-songwriter Joe Woodard, a long-awaited follow-up to Woodard's 2002 album "between." Released on the Household Ink Records label, the diverse 18-track "Goleta Electric" was a pandemic-era product, cooked up in home studios in various states (and states of being), and with valuable input from a guest list including Zach Gill, Julie Christensen, Shelly Rudolph, Jim Connolly, Chris Symer, Ellen Turner, Brian Mann, Bill Flores, Allegra Heidelinde, Liz Barnitz, Austin Beede, and Jesse Rhodes (who also mixed the album). Woodard's other projects include the eclectic band Headless Household, the "rock 'n' droll" band flapping, Flapping, as guitarist in Turner's proto-indie-folk band Dudley, and others. This time out, he went the lead singer route for "faux folk"'s sake.

Review in the Santa Barbara Independent, 12-7-21…oleta-electric/

Review | Joe Woodard, ‘Goleta Electric’
Santa Barbara Arts Writer Releases Acoustic Folk Album

By Charles Donelan

Prolific arts writer and longtime musical collaborator Joe Woodard steps out as a neo-folk songwriter on Goleta Electric. The album, which was recorded at the artist’s home studio during the pandemic, features musicians Jim Connolly, Zach Gill, Chris Symer, Brian Mann, and Bill Flores along with backing vocals by Ellen Turner, Allegra Heidelinde, Julie Christensen, and Shelly Rudolph. Quirky, literate, and uncompromising, Woodard’s tunes will appeal to listeners who favor the dry end of the 21st-century folk scene. Recalling similar intimate solo efforts by such artists as Jay Farrar and Jim O’Rourke, this is music for winter nights by the fire with a glass of something equally precious and well distilled. Credit Jim Connolly in particular for enhancing the album’s gorgeous sonic palette. Listen here on Bandcamp.



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