With a strong musical background and a relentless drive to succeed, Aaron Goodvin has been on his path in country music for longer than many might think.
His journey from Spirit River, Alberta to Nashville, Tennessee has been nothing short of exactly where he’s meant to be.
A Musical Upbringing
Music ran deep in Aaron Goodvin’s veins, as his entire family was musically inclined. Growing up in Spirit River, Alberta, he was surrounded by melodies and harmonies that resonated within him.
“I was 12 years old when I found out not everybody liked country music,” jokes Aaron, on being immersed in the world of country music for as long as he can remember.
Aaron began honing his musical skills, taking guitar and songwriting lessons in Grand Prairie. Immersed in the process of crafting songs, he fell in love with the idea of putting emotions into words and melodies.
Looking back on “what he wanted to be when he grew up”, Aaron says, “I fell in love with this idea that people wrote songs.” This passion led him to form his own band at the age of 18, and for five years, they performed at rodeos and various events, sowing the seeds for his future in the industry.
Driven Straight To Nashville Through Heartbreak
It was actually a breakup that had Aaron packing up and heading south to Music City. “I wanted to get as far away from that person as possible”, says Aaron. While he had some trouble adjusting at first, the move to Nashville
During his time in Nashville, Aaron found camaraderie and collaboration with fellow songwriters Adam Sanders and Cole Swindell. Little did he know that their collaborative efforts were unknowingly reaching another country music superstar – Luke Bryan. One of the songs caught Luke’s attention, and he ended up cutting the song for his record. This led to Aaron’s first publishing deal with Warner Chappell.
This all came at the perfect time because his work visa was otherwise expiring, he was running out of money, and planning his move back to Canada. Looking back now, everything happened the way it was meant to. As a writer, Aaron has a number of cuts with huge artists in North America.
Hitting The Road For His First Headlining Tour
“It was the most bittersweet thing ever. It felt like it was over before it began.”
The “It’s The Ride” tour was meant to take place in 2020, but of course, the pandemic had other ideas. Long overdue, Aaron Goodvin hit the road to kick off 2023 on his first cross-country tour.
Living for the time he spends on stage and being a performer, a tour was the perfect way to kick off the year.
The Enduring Legacy of “Lonely Drum”
Among Aaron’s notable achievements, “Lonely Drum” stands out as a “gift that keeps on giving”, as he refers to it. Originally written in 2014 and released in 2017, this song brought the world of line dancing into his life. The song’s impact has been remarkable, and it continues to resonate with fans worldwide.
Never admitting to being a good dancer, it’s ironic that “Lonely Drum” has become a dance phenomenon.
“You have to release your inhibitions. You’ve seen my bad dancing on Instagram, it’s all about having fun.”
The “Lonely Drum” dance isn’t easy. Aaron admitted to giving it a go, and just not being able to get it.
“If you can’t do the “Cadillac Ranch” dance, you haven’t tried it. I tried the “Lonely Drum” dance for a week and couldn’t get it. I need professional help.”
“Country Dance” – The Sequel To “Lonely Drum”
“Every time I write with Skip and Cat we talk about Lonely Drum. When we’re writing we’re always like ‘let’s write another Lonely Drum’.”
The inspiration for “Country Dance” emerged as Goodvin joked about his inability to perform the “Lonely Drum” line dance, despite its global popularity. His spirit and genuine enthusiasm are the driving forces behind the song’s appeal, encouraging everyone to let loose and have fun.
The playful nature of “Country Dance” will have listeners groovin’ all summer long.
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