“No Damn Good” by The Good Morning Nags is an work of Folk Music inspired magic, with upbeat tempos, intricate and masterfully performed melodies and talent that is jaw dropping wonderful, it is easy to see why this NYC based troupe of performers are getting some very good press and even more love and admiration from their fans, and the “In The Know” of the NY and Global Music Scene.
“The Good Morning Nags demonstrate superb musicianship and songwriting leaving no wonder of how they became a staple of the New York folk scene.”
— Indie Spoonful
In Review: The tracks on the EP “No Damn Good” are “Birmingham” which is, to me a Traveling song, leaving the small town, and moving on to “The Big City” to find fame, fortune and the adventures of life, and possibly the dreams of eternity. while the second track, the title Track “No Damn Good“, is a rowdy “Hillbilly Party” song, jumpin’ and jivin’ song of taking life as it comes and doing the best you can. Listening to this EP, I can only gather that if this is a prelude to the upcoming full album “Hard Hope”, which is due to release this fall, then I better go get me some new dancin’ boots, fancy myself up and get me to the barn dance.
We took the liberty in this article to include the Soundcloud Link to their prior release, the self titled “The Good Morning Nags” EP, which for an initial release, is a superior recording and a splendid collection of tracks by these celebrated modern minstrels from the “Stone Hills of NYC”
The Good Morning Nags are a NYC-based roots-country band that finds inspiration in traditional American folk music as well as more contemporary styles. Back in the late 00s, Britt Reagan (guitar), Tim Hassler (fiddle), Titus Tompkins (drums/percussion), and Ben Quinn (mandolin) began playing music together at the University of Evansville in Indiana. As theater students, they often collaborated to score plays with music.
Through these experiences, they quickly learned that their tastes, talents, and friendship formed a four-part harmony and they began writing their own material, culminating in an early collection of songs, “Rise and Shiner”. After graduating, the group dispersed across the country, before reuniting in NYC.
In NYC, the group started busking all over the city, in parks and on subway platforms. Gigs soon followed and Mark Spitznagel (Rusty Guns) joined the band, bringing his virtuosic banjo style, which complemented the band’s increasingly traditional repertoire. Highlighting their love of old time and bluegrass, as well as their raucous busking personality, the band paired up with Erik Samuelson (Three Crown Studio) to release their first 7-song EP, “The Good Morning Nags”.
The band grew once more when Pete O’Neill (Mama Juke, CC & The Boys, and more) brought his dynamic bass lines and rhythmic genius into the mix. With the current 6 members, the band turned its sights on recording a full-length album of original material. After an exciting songwriting process and a successful crowdfunding campaign, The Good Morning Nags returned to Three Crown Studio to record with Erik Samuelson.
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