Will Call #38 — Who the Heck is Steve Goodman? Ask Elaine St. George

December 3, 2015
Goodman Show Band
Elaine St. George (center) with her Goodman Show Band (L to R: Ross Patterson, piano; Karen Waltuch, viola; and Adam Armstrong, bass) following their show at the Iridium. (Photo by Russ Weatherford.)

Award-winning New York cabaret singer Elaine St. George talks about her new CD of songs by Steve Goodman – one of the best songwriters no one has ever heard of (although you know his music.)

Elaine St. George started singing as a teenager and has returned to pursue this early love professionally with great success. Her cabaret performances have earned her a 2013 MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Hanson Award for Continued Excellence in Cabaret and the 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist.

Mac Award
Elaine with critic Roy Sander after receiving the 2013 Hanson Award for Continued Excellence in Cabaret from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs.

Now she has recorded a new CD of the songs by the late Steve Goodman (1948-1984) containing thirteen songs Goodman penned himself – including his best known song, City of New Orleans -and two covers, because Goodman loved singing covers. She took the time to share with Will Call listeners her love of music in general and Goodman in particular.

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CD Cover


“I don’t know if you’ve ever done anything creative—art, singing, whatever—but it takes courage to stand up there on stage or hang your picture on a wall and say, “This is who I am. This is what I care about.” Steve did that. He seized every opportunity he could to share his work with people. He inspires me as an artist every day. And I hope that by telling his story and singing his songs, I can inspire other people to do whatever seems hardest for them.” – Elaine St. George

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