October 24, 2012 – 4:09 pm

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Alexandria 1982 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Birchmere, Alexandria VA; February 1, 1982. Very good to excellent soundboard. Plus tracks from 1976 BBC FM.

You’ve already heard from Work O’ The Weavers, then there’s the British folk group Mumford & Sons and now a singer-songwriter who was easily overlooked.

For many, folk singer Steve Goodman is remembered for City Of New Orleans, made popular by Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson. Goodman died of leukemia in 1984 at the age of 36. Willie’s version won a Grammy for Goodman for Best Country Song in 1985. Goodman won his second Grammy, for Best Contemporary Folk Album, in 1988 for Unfinished Business, a posthumous album.

The following bio was posted at

Goodman’s own success as a recording artist was more limited. Although known in folk circles as a great song writer and highly influential, his albums received more critical than commercial success. Goodman’s singing career remained centered around the folk music clubs of Chicago, and Goodman wrote and performed many humorous songs about the city, including two about the Chicago Cubs… Goodman was closely involved with the Old Town School of Folk Music, where he met and mentored his good friend, John Prine. Around the time Goodman’s career began to take off, he was diagnosed with leukemia. The entire time he was writing and singing, he was also fighting cancer.

Clay Eals, who wrote the book, Steve Goodman: Facing The Music, explained why the moniker “hectic eclectic” suited Goodman so well. It was a phrase drawn out of Goodman by Studs Terkel, who interviewed Goodman several times for his Chicago radio show Stud’s Corner. “Hectic eclectic,” says Eals, was a perfect explanation of the way Goodman “was all over the map musically. He could write the funniest songs you ever wanted to hear (such as Men Who Love Women Who Love Men), the most romantic songs (Old Fashioned), social commentary songs (there’s no better anti-war song than Ballad of Penny Evans), and the greatest baseball song ever, A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request.”

Eals also wrote: “For me, Steve Goodman inspired a lot of what I’d like to believe is my better self. He was good at what he did, yet he was never cut out for conventional fame. His work was a gift that touched many people.”

Thanks to Tapetech who shared the tracks on Dime in 2006. When the show was recently reseeded, Tapetech noted: “This is from my archive/cassettes. I actually don’t know where it is, so appreciate the upload… I also designed the included covers way back when.”

Source: SBD > 1st gen analog > Gina > SHN

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Disc 1
Track 101. It’s Midnight and I’m Not Famous Yet (4.5MB)
Track 102. Elvis Imitators (4.0MB)
Track 103. I Just Keep Falling In Love (6.0MB)
Track 104. Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request (11.7MB)
Track 105. Penthouse Forum (6.8MB)
Track 106. This Hotel Room (5.5MB)
Track 107. Talk Backwards (4.6MB)
Track 108. 20th Century Is Almost Over (7.8MB)
Track 109. Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (4.1MB)
Track 110. Jessie’s Jig (9.5MB)
Track 111. Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyeballs (3.4MB)
Track 112. Tico Tico (3.0MB)
Track 113. San Antonio Rose (5.0MB)
Track 114. City Of New Orleans (7.1MB)
Track 115. Auctioneer (6.4MB)
Track 116. You Never Even Call Me By My Name (9.7MB)
Track 117. The Dutchman (10.3MB)
Track 118. Truck Driving Man (5.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Love Please Come Home (5.9MB)
Track 202. Mama Don’t Allow (9.4MB)
Track 203. Spoon River (11.1MB)
Track 204. Rocky Top (10.7MB)
Track 205. Sea Of Love (8.8MB)

Filler: 1976 BBC FM
Track 206. I Hope You’re Satisfied (4.9MB)
Track 207. City Of New Orleans (8.2MB)
Track 208. Good, Good Woman (6.7MB)
Track 209. Traveling Salesman Joke (6.1MB)
Track 210. Old Fashioned Country Western (7.8MB)
Track 211. You Never Even Call Me By My Name (11.3MB)

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  1. 36 Responses to “STEVE GOODMAN - ALEXANDRIA 1982”

  2. Another great one Big O! Thanks!!

    By Tom on Oct 24, 2012

  3. Steve was better live than in the studio. He was an entertainer. He could make you cry with songs like “The Dutchman” or laugh with
    You Never Even Call Me By My Name” One of the great acoustic guitar players.

    By Mike on Oct 24, 2012

  4. Nice, BigO!!! Love to be introduced to artists I never was really familiar with…looking forward to lending an ear

    By DanC on Oct 25, 2012

  5. One of my favorite artists, recorded at one of the best places around for live music. The people in the audience are there to LISTEN to the music.

    By NAMoosedog on Oct 25, 2012

  6. did goodman and john prine ever perform together?

    By darth on Oct 25, 2012

  7. yes

    By barth on Oct 25, 2012


    By DROPKICKSARGE on Oct 25, 2012

  9. Going strictly from memory, Goodman appeared extensively on Prine’s “Diamonds in the Rough” album - their duet on “Souvenirs” was absolutely beautiful - and I think he was also on the “Bruised Orange” album, though I’d have to unpack my old albums to confirm. Somewhere I also have a “Best of Steve Goodman” cassette; “The Dutchman” always made me choke up, and it always amazed me that the same guy tha wrote that song also wrote “You Never Even Called Me By My Name.” What a great talent.

    By MrBill on Oct 25, 2012

  10. i didnt mean on studio recordings. i knew they recorded together. i have those. i specifically said perform for a reason.

    btw.. bonnie raitt’s austin city limits performance was on this past saturday. half the show was mavis staples. bonnie’s segment was the first half. her set on the air was nearly 25mins. one dylan song one hiatt song. recorded earlier this month. i made an mp3 that came out to under 32meg for her segment.
    however the last 9 mins of mavis’ set bonnie came out and did 2 songs with her. and theres also an outtake of the last song included on the pbs site. so all told its nearly 37mins of bonnie from last saturdays acl if anyone adds it all up.
    i wasnt aware of it but evidently they charge for tickets to see acl. $40 and $99. wow. shows like snl fallon leno letterman conan kimmel etc etc are all free.

    By darth on Oct 25, 2012

  11. Darth- Back in the late 1970s, I saw Goodman open for John Prine @ Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Honestly do not remember if they actually took the stage together.

    By NAMoosedog on Oct 25, 2012

  12. i didnt mean on studio recordings. i knew they recorded together. i have those. i specifically said perform for a reason.


    By DROPKICKSARGE on Oct 25, 2012

  13. Darth, you were being precise in your choice of words. perform is the verb form of the noun performance. Perhaps MrBill was thinking more about trying to be helpful and didn’t catch the distinction, or knew the difference and was trying to add info that he didn’t know you already had. Please consider adding to your good knowledge more patience and wisdom. We all get tired from time to time and mis-speak. A soft answer turns away wrath. And SARGE, please consider…ahh…hmmmm…oh well, never mind.

    By 4yrsnojob on Oct 25, 2012

  14. Great tracks, thanks Big O. Made extra special because tracks 9-20 also feature Jethro Burns, another highly eclectic musician and mid 20th century mandolin master.

    By drkrick on Oct 25, 2012

  15. Actually, Prine & Goodman wrote ‘You Never Even Called Me By My Name” together but Prine claimed he didn’t even want to be associated with the song, he thought (humorously or not) the song hardly worth it. Never liked David Allen Coe’s version always seemed fake, probably because I heard Steve do it first and best. The Dutchman was written by Michael Smith, who also wrote Roving Cowboy a/k/a The Ballad Of Dan Moody which Steve Also covered AND Spoon River and may others Like Dead Egyptian Blues…he was in a band called Juarez on UNi one LP w/ Dutchman early version not as good also LP with Barbbara Barrows on Arista (maybe?) with a couple more that Steve covered…several fine LPs on Flyish Fish and many more. If you like/liked Steve, Michael Smith is right up your alley. I met and saw Steve on his first tour (missed the bio because I was moving and didn’t make deadline)and saw hime on his last, Prine on his first four tours and here and there after and Micahel Smith a lot in the 1990s. He’s cut out of the same mold, just older like Steve would be now…Todd Snider would be today’s analog…even recorded on Prine’s label and reminded him of playing with Steve.

    By Duncanmusic on Oct 25, 2012

  16. Please consider adding to your good knowledge more patience and wisdom.


    By DROPKICKSARGE on Oct 25, 2012

  17. ” shows like snl fallon leno letterman conan kimmel etc etc are all free.”

    your favorite price. acl is pbs, no commercials. theyre financed mainly by donations. youd probably try to wheedle your way in anyways.

    By barth on Oct 25, 2012

  18. drop .. no one had to know what i was thinking. i was clear. i said what i meant. all anyone including u had to do was learn how to read. and why are u still yelling? u know.. if what u had to say was worth reading u wouldnt have to yell it. and thank u 4yrs.
    drop.. even if 4yrs and i disagreed with one another.. hes intelligent enough to not be alienated and i wouldnt lose his friendship over that. i am very confident that his friendship is worthwhile where as yours is worth every penny it has cost me. heh.

    By darth on Oct 26, 2012

  19. get a room guys

    By barth on Oct 26, 2012

  20. Yes, of course Steve and John Performed together quite often, generally with Steve opening for John, then Steve joining John together on several songs at the end of John’s set. For several more Steve Goodman shows, including one where both Steve and John perform together, as well as more background and information about the great Steve Goodman, come drop by my blog here:

    By BBKron on Oct 27, 2012

  21. I saw Steve Goodman open for Jon Prine in Oxford Mississippi in about 1974. I had never heard of Steve Goodman. He was incredible. He opened with an amazing flat-picking instrumental, did all those humerous songs. Just Killed.

    Prine came out and said “How can I follow that.” Prine was good, but goodman stole the show. And yes, the two did play together at the end of the show.

    As amazing as Goodman was live, I never really warmed to his studio albums.


    By loophole54 on Oct 27, 2012

  22. bbkron - i thank u for the item with both of them together. thats what i was looking for and when i found it on that site it reminded me that i had seen it before. perhaps it was on your blog and i had not downloaded it or maybe i had and lost it in a crash. now i have it again thanks to u.

    By darth on Oct 27, 2012

  23. I was lucky enough to see Steve Goodman about two years before he passed at the now-defunct Bottom Line in NYC. Not only was he charming and funny, his singing was superb and matched by his guitar playing.

    By Britinvdon on Oct 27, 2012

  24. There are a couple of shows kicking around of Prine & Goodman together. One from the Main Point, Bryn Mawr 1973 and another from Minneapolis 1980. There’s also a recording of a radio show they did together in Chicago many moons ago.

    By tim on Oct 27, 2012

  25. tim - the minn is the one i dl’d thanks to bbkron. the main pt would be next and id need a year on the chicago i guess if u find it. links wouldnt hurt either. thanks again for the info.

    ot - has anyone dl’d the psych pill dble cd? its out there to be dl’d for yall to find if so desired. still no farm aid anywhere.
    only 2 songs from the stones paris gig the other nite. 3rd and 4th song of 12. theyll be doing another secret unannounced gig on monday. if anyone wants a sbd show.. wait til the 15th of dec. that one will be ppv’d. rumors suggest wyman and taylor will join for some songs. im sure everyone has seen the set list for the paris set the other nite so i wont bother here.
    lastly.. rod stewart promises a blues rock type cd in feb. finally!! lets see if he delivers.

    By darth on Oct 28, 2012

  26. Thank you very much for this show. It was wonderful. What a performing presence Steve had. It was also very nice to hear Jethro Burns get the chance to “step out”. Steve definitely stands the test of time. Thanks again.

    By Arizona on Oct 28, 2012

  27. “rod stewart promises a blues rock type cd in feb. finally!! lets see if he delivers.”

    He’ll probably deliver it to QVC this time instead of Home Shopping Network, where he shilled his awful Christmas album. After 5 dreadful “American Songbook” albums (that’s why Tony Bennett was invented) and a truly horrible covers album (”Great Rock Classics”- yeah, on MOR radio), plus “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”, Rod has no credibility whatsoever as a blues or rock singer. No need to look for a reason to believe, not now.

    By dingus on Oct 28, 2012

  28. ot - has anyone dl’d the psych pill dble cd? its out there to be dl’d for yall to find if so desired. still no farm aid anywhere.

    you ever pay for anything darth ?

    By smurf on Oct 28, 2012

  29. i didnt say i didnt pay to dl it. are u ASSuming?
    and yes i pay for many things. not music. but im not rich so i do what i can with what i have and get what i can with what i have. some ppl trade their time and work for money that they then use to pay for things. money is a means of exchange. sort of a barter system in a broader sense of the word if u will. course giving a sandwich to the electric company wont work for us so we created money. if someone puts a recording of something out there online for easy downloading and i find it then yes i will dl it. i have my reasons for this. u dont need to know them. its my business. its a very long story. even if told to u.. ud argue and bitch and complain and bemoan the fact that i didnt pay with money etc. meanwhile chances are u dl official product without paying as well. just because u dont admit it doesnt mean u dont do it. youre just taking advantage of an opportunity to jump on someone who admits it. problem is.. u dont know if i paid or not. u ASSumed i didnt. just like the new stones live toronto 05 15 track cd that came out last week. its for dl only but u have to pay for it. well u dont really have to but the way they see it u should. course i sent it to my friends before it came out. u have it dontcha? i mean u paid for it right? lol.. yeah didnt think so.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2012

  30. yes i pay for many things. not music.


    By smurf on Oct 29, 2012

  31. “its a very long story.”

    it always is with you. yes or no would have been sufficient

    By barth on Oct 29, 2012

  32. if someone puts a recording of something out there online for easy downloading and i find it then yes i will dl it.

    if that “someone” owns the music then fine, but when that “someone” puts out something that isn`t theirs for downloading then that is stealing. It doesn`t matter what your irrational personal reasons are for this, downloading copyrighted material is theft .

    By assumarth on Oct 29, 2012

  33. i have my reasons for this. u dont need to know them. its my business. its a very long story.

    there`s a car dealership with some cool cars sitting on their lot.
    I want one. I don`t have the money but according to the twisted logic of economics by darth I should just take it and tell everyone I have my own reasons for doing this which are my business.

    By mutt rimney on Oct 30, 2012

  34. As Mr Radovan Karodicz will doubtless say at his trial when asked about those unpleasantnesses in the former Yugoslavia:

    ‘I had my reasons…’s a very long story….’

    By jack bond on Oct 30, 2012

  35. im not biting your lures. youre wasting your time no matter what names u use. give up.

    By darth on Oct 31, 2012

  36. Thanks Big O! Any idea who is in the band?

    By ocripes on Nov 1, 2012

  37. Had the pleasure of seeing Steve perform three times in Indiana during the late 70’s, early 80’s. One of his shows opened with a short film where famous folks (Jackson Browne, Steve Martin) were interviewed about what they thought about Steve Goodman. Most acted like they had no idea who he was. My favorite comment was from Steve Martin. It went something like this: “Steve Goodman? Yeah I remember Steve Goodman. He used to open for me. Now I’m playing major stadiums, and he’s still playing in dumps like this.” What made it so funny (and a little sad) is that he was performing in a small dumpy venue at the time. Best live performer I’ve ever had the pleasure to hear.

    By Roudy on Nov 14, 2012

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