Live from the ADP presents: Gooseberry Jam
On Valentine’s Day, music filled the air in YES! Weekly’s advertising department as Gooseberry Jam played a set of original music they describe as Americana rock’n’roll.
Gooseberry Jam is made up of Darrell Craig (lead vocals, guitar), Randy Wagoner (bass), Sean Cox (percussion) and Doyle Hinkle (guitar), all hailing from the Greensboro, High Point, Lexington and Asheboro area.
Craig said Gooseberry Jam came from a side project he had with Wagoner.
“I had Gooseberry Jam already with a different lineup, and I was doing a side project that Randy was involved in, and then Sean started playing drums with us, and then the other line up dissolved so this was the most logical thing,” Craig said of Gooseberry Jam’s origins. “It was just a matter of finding another guitar player, and Doyle played in another band I was in. Randy and I have been playing together for 20 plus years.”
Gooseberry Jam’s name fittingly came from a sign on the side of the road.
“There is this little store up the road from where I live, and I pass by it all the time, and it is just one of those places out in the country that has been everything under the sun,” Craig said. “They had this gas station sign out front, where you could change the letters. As I was driving by one day and it just said ‘Gooseberry Jam..’ and I thought it was a cool band name.”
Gooseberry Jam played four songs, “Bittersweet,” “Rain,” “Fast Train,” and “Robin’s Song” at their Live from the ADP session. Craig said he wrote these songs years ago and all appear on Gooseberry Jam’s self-titled new album out now.
“This album is full of a lot of old songs that I wrote a while back and never recorded,” Craig said.
“I wrote [‘Rain’] almost 30 years ago.”
The band said they recorded their new album at Sound Lab in Greensboro with Tom Rowan.
“It was a really good experience,” Hinkle said. “I think one of the things that kind of sparked us doing this album, is because [Darrell] liked how this lineup played a lot of these songs that you have been playing for the past 15-20 years.”
Gooseberry Jam said they are presently working on new material, and are about halfway into completing their next album.
“It was almost a roadblock because these songs were so old,” Craig said about Gooseberry Jam’s recent album. “It clears the road out to move ahead, so we are writing new material, we have got probably at least half of the new album written.”
Catch Gooseberry Jam live this Saturday, Feb. 16 at The Emporium in Kernersville. They also have shows coming up on March 23 at Copper Still Taproom in Thomasville and on May 5 at City Tap Bar in Pittsboro. For more information, visit the band’s website and Facebook page(@thegooseberryjam).