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Good day to you and thank you for visiting our site and for your kinship and support of the GoodenPlenty Project.  It's still like a new toy all of us because we enjoy what we do, so much, and we hope you will continue to view this site for updates and event venue location information.  We would love to have you join us for a good time.  We never forget it is you that makes it happen.
 
The GoodenPlenty Project, featuring Miss Loretta Gooden.  Never a disappointing moment when listening to this band and vocal stylist.  A smorgasbord of genres from their roots of soul, gospel, jazz, R&B with a lot of blues thrown in, all this just before or after the country and pop selections.  No matter what they play, you hear it all in every song.  Miss Loretta's delivery is guaranteed to send chills up your spine; her signature indeed.  She says she’s simply sharing “...what music makes me feel.  It is so special when people stop me and take the time to express how much they enjoyed a particular song; I feel embraced. Time is a valued commodity. To share it with me, now that is a good thing."
 
 

2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NOVEMBER!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON

THANK YOU TO OUR SPECIAL FANS
for insisting on this CD

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The
GoodenPlenty
Project

UPCOMING EVENTS

SAT Dec 12 Blueline Chrstms; Blmgtn; TBD

THU Dec 17 Blueline Chrstms, Evnsvl; TBD

SAT Dec 19 CTW Nshvl; 6pm

 

2010

NEW YEAR'S EVE @ Season's Nashville
Thursday/Friday/Saturday
(Dec 31, Jan 1 & 2)

SAT Jan 9 Player's Pub Blmgtn
LORETTA'S B-DAY PARTY

SAT Jan 16 CTW Nshvl

FRI Jan 22 Caddie's Columbus

SAT Jan 23 Caddie's Columbus

FRI Mar 12 Caddie's Columbus

SAT Mar 13 Caddie's Columbus

ST. PATRICK'S @ Northside Tvrn; Mrtnsvl

FRI Apr 9 Cozy's Columbus

SAT May 1 CTW Nshvl

 

Miss Loretta
& HAJEE

SAT Jan 30 CTW Nshvl; 6pm

SAT Feb 13 CTW Nshvl; 6pm

SAT Jun 12 CTW Nshvl; 6pm

CAN WE PLAY FOR YOU?

Picnics/Banquets/Weddings/Festivals

all events and celebrations.

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You have all been an inspiration and we thank you for your many contributions which were instrumental in the development of this site, dedicated to you.

MISS LORETTA GOODEN
Founder & Manager

San Francisco CA, Seattle WA, Hailey ID and Bloomington IN

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I always try to present myself as a lady. I was named after Loretta Young, after all.

CAPRICORN
January 10
Born in a '55 Plymouth
Carnations and Pearls
 

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With The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB) in 2004
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At the Schwagstock Fest in Salem, MO

The 100th Monkey of Seattle, WA in 2004
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"Looking At My World" produced by Jack Endino

At Bruce Willis' clulb, The Mint
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in Hailey, Idaho (Sun Valley) 2004

In Brown County, Nashville, IN
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At the Chateau Thomas Winery w/Torch of Jazz 2009

With The Puzzle Pieces of Brown County
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at the Bloomington Fireworks 2006

The fireworks add to the excitement of the the holiday.

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In San Francisco w/Jaye' Richardson @ The Shanghai

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When I was younger I played rock & roll. Later, in my teens, I played in an alternative band; a kind of 'punk funk' band called Buckshot (all originals). As time went on I played in a touring alternative band called Shiver. As my knowledge and skill progressed, I moved into some other genres like New Orleans jazz, playing with the Dan Holmes group and R&B groups like Mojo; recently played with the Fred Sights Project who plays jazz. I currently substitute for Duke Tumatoe occasionally and done some studio work; recently with Forest Gras; recording his newest CD (2009).

My preferences are funk, R&B, blues and disco; I appreciate all music. Good music is good music.

When I hooked up with the GoodenPlenty Project (GPP), I was playing at a blues jam at the Player's Pub, in Bloomington, and was approached by some sweet and talented people. The rest is history.

Loves funk music, his 'baby' and her special bass rig. Include a glass of fine red wine and he's a happy camper, after that. Play on, Jack.

JACK JOSEPH
"Mojo-Jojo"

BASS GUITAR

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May 4
Taurus

Jim enjoys playing with the GPP and arrives to every gig 3+ hours early to ensure things get set up right. He spoils the band and they love it. Thanks, Jim. A good lesson for us all.
Jim Rollins on Drums.
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JIM ROLLINS
"Thumper"


DRUMMER
Vocals

From the time he was two years old he was banging on pillows with his mother's yarn needles and, so, it began.

As a teenager, Jim decided to continue to pursue his drumming and played with his local high school rock band called Fortunate Sun. With his country-rock roots, Jim has since played with a band called Country Kiss which took him to Shooting Star/Curb Records where he played for the new and upcoming artists out of that label, as well as 21st Century Records, both out of Nashville, TN. Jim has also played for and been featured with a tribute band called The Country Stars Review out of Kentucky.

Though born in Pensacola, Florida, Jim's home for the past 30 years has been Bloomington and he has played with many of your favorite locals here, i.e. the Impasse band, Purple Soda Band, Jim Hayden's Tuff Stuff Band, the Big Ol'Things, 02R's, Long Shot, the Puzzle Pieces and many more.

Come and hear what this man can do with those needles and pillows.

VIRGO
September 19

Left handed
Natural curls

A CHOCOHOLIC, if ever there was one. Loves a home-cooked meal and country-rock music. Prefers a decent movie and a quiet evening at home.

Nelson not only brings tenor, alto and soprano sax
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also flute, keyboards and sings background vocals. As valuable an asset as they come.

NELSON BATALON
"Hajee"

Nelson is the product of a musical military family out of Hawaii. He's traveled with his family playing for the U.S.O. and other supportive organizations to the armed forces.



Hajee not only brings his many talents to the GPP but he also brings his family; Nelson Batalon, Jr. is now a regular sax player in the group and the GPP has vowed to include the younger Tim, now 20yrs old, for the big band sound, when he's 21. Look out, y'all! This young man is bringing more flavor to the sauce.

SAXOPHONE
KEYBOARDS
Flute
Vocals


Birthdate: August 8
Cancer
Favorite Hobby? Family.

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Nelson, Jr. and Tim, also play the sax. Jr. is now a member of the GoodenPlenty Project. Pacing his growth and development is exciting! Come and hear him!

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Blow that horn, boy!

PHIL HIPSKIND
AQUARIUS
January 25

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When Phil is not performing music live, he works as a songwriter/producer/engineer/musician in his home recording studio. Phil has released five original CDs, to-date, and he continues to teach English, which he has done for the past two decades.

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Chillin' with Phil Hipskind.

Phil grew up in northern Indiana, and he was influenced by a myriad of musical styles that his siblings were listening to during his pre-teen years. Such artists included: the Beatles, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Elton John, and everything on WLS, a radio station based in Chicago.

Long before Phil started playing guitar, he had started the process of combining melody and lyrics to the accompaniment of bongo drums. When Phil was 14, he saw Roy Clark performing on an episode of Hee Haw and recognized a pattern to Clark's lead guitar work. A few years later, Phil began honing his skills as a guitarist and a songwriter.

Rock-n-roll artists such as AC/DC, Peter Frampton, Van Halen, Mark Knopfler, and Ted Nugent helped to shape Phil's early musical compositions, while Blues and Jazz artists influenced his later guitar playing and songwriting styles.


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CONGRATULATIONS!
 
Miss Linda Bixler
GPP FAN OF THE YEAR 2008

If you haven't seen or met this fireball of a lady at one of the shows, you will.  Linda comes from Decatur and travels to French Lick/West Baden just to see the GPP on special occasions and we'd like to especially thank her for the very warm and special support she continually makes tremendous effort to display.  Thank you, Linda and gang.
 
 
Will you become our Fan of the Year 2009?

Hark, the heralds ....!
Ringing Bells

The GoodenPlenty Project 2009

Please go to our Biography Page to learn more.