Johnathan Goodwin from The Goodwin Brothers Interview
by Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
2020 was the first time we heard anything from The Goodwin Brothers. It was in the middle of the pandemic when myself (along with around 50k others according to the statistics on their page) heard the video tribute to their musical heroes, The Osborne Brothers, in the form of a medley of three classic Sonny and Bobby songs. After which, names like Dan Tyminski, Doyle Lawson, Dana Williams (Diamond Rio), Sonya Isaacs, Ronnie Reno, and even The Chief himself (Sonny Osborne) among many others chimed in applauding the brother’s tribute. Since then, we’ve not heard much. But all of that is about to change. To recap, the nucleus of the band is Jonathan & William (Vocals, Guitar & Mandolin) along with Kenneth (Chase) Bush on vocals. They have collectively assembled an all-star cast of musicians that accompany them on their new self-titled album, and in their live shows.
The brothers comprising the eastern Kentucky-born band are anything but newcomers: Jonathan & William Goodwin began their musical journeys playing together in the early 90s, Jonathan was 8 and William 6.
Prior to that they spent time singing separately for the most part in church, school plays and events. It wasn’t long thereafter the young talents released their first studio album (1999). Jonathan was 14, William 12. They began singing on the bluegrass festival circuit across the eastern US, a tenure that had refined their sound to a level typically reserved for older players with bigger discographies.