Tim Goodman

Tim Goodman was born in San Francisco in 1952 and briefly spent his high school years attending the American School in London. Upon returning to San Francisco, Goodman began touring and performing during the late 1970s, becoming a mainstay in the genres of Country, country rock and Bluegrass music. Goodman was a regular on the Country touring circuit in California, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Goodman released the album "Footsteps" for Columbia in 1981. This album was produced by guitarist John McFee of The Doobie Brothers and also included keyboardist Sean Hopper of Huey Lewis and the News, vocalist/keyboardist Michael MacDonald and drummer Keith Knudsen from The Doobie Brothers. During this time, Goodman also made several studio and live recordings with New Grass Revival, a progressive bluegrass band which featured notable musicians Béla Fleck and Sam Bush. These collaborations featured Tim Goodman on vocals and led to numerous live performances with the group. Tim Goodman formed Southern Pacific in 1983 with former Doobie Brothers members John McFee and Keith Knudsen, bassist Jerry Scheff and keyboardist Glen Hardin. They signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1984. Their debut album Southern Pacific was released the following year. Scheff left after the debut album and was replaced by Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival, while Kurt Howell replaced Hardin on keyboards. Cook and Howell would join the others in the release of Killbilly Hill in 1986. This album would feature a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" and "Thing About You," a duet with Emmylou Harris, in which she and Tim Goodman shared vocal duties. Southern Pacific then performed at Farm Aid on September 22, 1985 with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Roy Orbison, Lou Reed, John Fogerty, Merle Haggard, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Southern Pacific was named New Country Group of the Year when they debuted and have been honored by having their name added to the Country Music Association’s Walkway of Stars in Nashville, Tennessee. After an extensive world tour as an opening act with Neil Young, Goodman parted ways with Southern Pacific after the second album and formed The Tim Goodman Band. The Tim Goodman Band gave Goodman more freedom to focus on writing and recording Bluegrass music. As a solo act with his own band, Tim Goodman continued to tour and perform live at clubs and music festivals including the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado, with longtime friends Emmylou Harris and John Prine. Tim Goodman has never married nor had children. He is named in United States District Court documents pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, when he assisted his then-lover Diana Lynn in relocating her child to Martha's Vineyard from Cabo San Lucas Mexico, where the child's father lived. The father, Richard Charles Whallon successfully argued the case and the child was returned to Mexico in 2000. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit determined that the custody case fell under Mexico's jurisdiction. Goodman remained in the United States with Lynn's 14 year old daughter, fathered by a different man. In 2009, Goodman legally adopted that adult child.

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