Good and the Hoods

Good and the Hoods were neither of the “hood” nor all that good. But in Morgantown, WV around 1997 or so, Good and the Hoods performed several times. Often to paying audiences. Some even seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves.

The group formed when a friend stopped by the house they referred to as the “loop house” looking for an opening group for that evening gig at the bar down the street. A group of friends enthusiastically accepted and quickly put together a set of standard bluegrass, easy-to-play three chord rockers, a few Guns n Roses songs, and something they referred to as the “Johnny Cash Rap.” Not really having much to do with the man in black, the “Rap” was a sped up bluegrass cliche with Mitch’s encyclopedic knowledge of early 90s gangsta rap put to the test. It probably should have been called “gangstagrass” or something else like that.

Sometimes they’d call themselves “metalgrass,” though, again, there wasn’t much metal about them aside from the GNR covers. They sounded like if early Pavement went out drinking with unemployed former Replacements roadies, then played bluegrass based only upon a brief, vague, and misinformed explanation of what exactly bluegrass is. That is not to say this is a good thing. Because, as we established, they were not good. Jeremiah was the only Good (it’s his last name).

No music worthy of sharing is known to have survived, but Dan and Colin spent a lot of time (possibly far more time than the band colelctively spent on practicing) making flyers. Often several flyers for a single gig. Many of these contained contradictory information, inside jokes, and silly attempts at wit.

Good and the Hood Flyer Collection

good-and-thehoods Most flyers by Dan and/or Colin.