Lemonade: Kings and Queens – Nevada City’s reigning rock duo
Special to The Union
Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger; Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham; Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore – rock n’ roll wouldn’t be rock n’ roll without famous musician couples who’s passion and admiration for one another bleeds into their music and live performances.
Nevada City’s reigning rock couple is hands down Andrea and Rich Good from Kings and Queens. By day the two are successful designers, and by night they create dark, psychedelic pop a la Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac or Roxy Music. Andrea’s lush organ riffs set the stage for Rich’s mesmerizing guitar work and together lead listeners through one epic song after another with their hypnotic humming vocals.
The couple met in England in the late ’90s where both were attending separate art schools. Tired of the English winters and longing for California sunshine, they returned to Andrea’s hometown of Nevada City in 2000. Rich began playing with the San Francisco-based band the Pleased (which also featured Noah Georgeson and Joanna Newsom from Nevada City) and over the next four years toured the US and the UK releasing one full-length album and three EPs before disbanding.
After a few pilgrimages to the desert, a favorite source of inspiration and respite for the duo, they began recording songs together.
Since 2006, Kings & Queens have self-released two EPs and LPs. They’ve toured the west coast playing shows with acts like Bat for Lashes, Citay, Aaron Ross and the Psychedelic Furs. Rich spent most of 2009 on tour playing guitar for the Psychedelic Furs, which was a dream come true for a young man growing up in Horley, England during the rise of 80s bands like the Fur, the Cure, and the Smiths.
Even with all their globetrotting, Andrea and Rich were able to complete their upcoming self-recorded album “Jet in Carina” (and hold down their day jobs). This Friday, in a rare performance the couple along with drummer Peter Newsom and bassist Art Echternacht will perform crowd favorites like “Celebrate” and “National Divide” and songs off of their new album. Popular rock band Casual Fog headlines the show.
Lemonade is cool and refreshing, usually sweet and a little bit tart. Jesse Locks is a freelance writer. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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