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Good Old War Biography

Keith Goodwin is a singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist who owns a cat named King and a dog named Jet.  He’s a middle child with two children of his own.  Keith writes at the very least an idea for a song each day and is known for unique stage dancing.  


Dan Schwartz is a music-obsessed Sagittarius with a bike riding habit the size of Philadelphia.  He is also a coffee enthusiast and an avid reader who doesn't need a movie to be "good" to like it.  He enjoys a game of dominos and a shot of whiskey with friends.  Most of all, Dan is a guitar player, songwriter, and harmony singer.



Broken Into Better Shape (2015)


Broken Into Better Shape finds Good Old War pushing their musical boundaries to the limit.   Road-weary from two years at sea, the trio set out to write an album full of songs that were not limited to sounding perfect in a live experience.  They bunkered down in Goodwin’s toddler-toy-filled house and struggled for half a year to find what they were looking for.  Around this time, drummer Tim Arnold left the band for Atlanta, where his fiancé was pregnant with their first child.  Arnold’s DNA remains in the band and his fingerprints are still present as a writer on some of the tracks on the record.   


With half of the album’s songs now written, Goodwin and Schwartz began experimenting with other writers and producers.  In New York City, they dreamed up the ultra-inspirational “Fly Away” with writer Emile Haynie (fun., Bruno Mars).  A trip to Los Angeles found them improbably paired in a writing session with Zimbabwe-born urban producer T-Collar, where a hook was crafted that the band were eager to take to the studio.  It would become their first single, “Tell Me What You Want From Me.”


Broken Into Better Shape became the record that it is in Nashville, where the band wrote and rounded out songs with producer Jason Lehning (Alison Krause & Union Station, Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton) and with the aid of a terrific group of musicians and writers.  Whereas much of the band’s earlier work had been written individually, this album would end up being a grand collaboration. 


The result is the band’s proudest moment, an album of lush, well-crafted songs with no filler, ten songs whittled down from a pool of over forty.


April 2015 will find the band touring for the first time in three years, reunited with drummer Tim Arnold, who’s traded changing diapers for continuing to be a touring member of the band.



Live From The City of Brotherly Love (2013)


Recorded live on August 6th, 2012 at Union Transfer in the band’s hometown of Philadelphia, the performance captured is a celebration of Good Old War’s unique live interaction with their fans.  The track listing includes all the band’s favorite songs and is intended to be a love letter to their supporters.


The album also marked the end of a chapter with their beloved friends at Sargent House Records.


Come Back as Rain (2012)


The band’s third album was produced by Jason Cupp at ARC in Omaha, which had turned out records by great artist like Jenny Lewis, The Faint and Bright EyesCome Back as Rain featured the singles “Calling Me Names” and “Amazing Eyes” – the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and continued to thrive as the band toured for tour years with artists like Counting Crows, NEEDTOBREATHE, Xavier Rudd and Dispatch.


Self Titled (2010)


Good Old War’s mission on this album was to expand all of the big sounds they’d been able to make “only” as a three piece.  It was written and recorded in a rented house in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.  Self Titled saw Good Old War make inroads at commercial radio, where songs like “My Own Sinking Ship” and “That’s Some Dream” took hold.


During this period Good Old War toured at a supernatural pace, playing with a long list of incredible artists including Dr. Dog, Alison Krause & Union Station, and Here We Go Magic.  They also found themselves making the Coachella debut the spring after Self Titled came out.ere Herhhh


Only Way to Be Alone (2008)


The band’s debut found them defining and actualizing their three-part harmony sound approach.  A very stripped down album, Only Way gave Good Old War fans some of their favorite songs, including “Coney Island” and “Looking for Shelter.”



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