A natural entertainer with 88 keys and 214 strings
Piano man Brady Goss has some fond memories of McMinnville.
At the 2009 Yamhill County Fair, Goss opened for country artist Jake Owen. He made such an impression that Owen later invited him on stage to jam with him and his band.
Goss said another of his favorite performances ever was his last trip to McMenamins Hotel Oregon. He and the crowd had such a good time in the Cellar Bar venue that the set ran nearly four hours of music and banter.
“It was a perfect place to work the crowd,” the 23-year-old said. “Not one person was away from the magic of the show that was down there.”
Goss returns to Mac tonight, playing the Paragon Room at Hotel Oregon from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be his first time there with a band, accompanied by a drummer and bassist.
In his teens, Goss developed as a natural entertainer, with an affinity for the rock ‘n’ roll classics and a raucous, rollicking improv style on the keys. His dreams led him on several trips to Memphis over the years, where he recorded albums at Sun Studio (playing a piano with a cigar burn on the bottom E note left by his earliest inspiration, Jerry Lee Lewis), as well as its modern sister-studio, Phillips Studio, where he played with Lewis’ original band.
But performing live is still his favorite part of the job.
“I sing better live,” Goss admits. “Playing live you just let it all hang out. You don’t have to worry about a second cut or getting worn out.”
He added, “My short attention span does not help the fact that I’m recording and it takes a couple days to record a song.”
Goss said his work with a band is still in its early stages, and he prefers to develop the act with an audience to entertain.
“There’s nothing like practicing in front of a crowd,” he said. “When you gotta get a song right then you can really feel what it’s going to become.”
Whether it’s a cover of “Great Balls of Fire” or a free-spirited original, Goss’s piano rock ranks high on any entertainment scale.
For more information, go to www.bradygoss.com.