Born and raised in Minnesota, Tommy Goodroad’s Midwestern-tinged country music captures the distinctive solitude of American cities and towns that would be landlocked if not for the Great Lakes. He now lives in Chicago, writing songs aiming to highlight the beautifully unrefined temperament of his home region and the people who reside there.
The opening pedal steel line for Goodroad’s latest single “Fifty Degrees in September” is close to damn near perfect and can make any unsuspecting casual listener decide to stick around for the remaining three minutes and 58 seconds. Fortunately, the remainder of the song manages to hold its own as well, due to Goodroad’s confident, believable vocal delivery and a band as solid as a Minnesota pond in February. It’s tough to make a classic-sounding country recording that doesn’t come off as a throwback while still saying something new. “Fifty Degrees in September” finds that sweet spot with ease.