J.D. (Eicher) of J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights will perform at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as part of a week-long tour of colleges in the northeast. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Café as part of Campus Activity Board’s monthly Open Mic Nights.
Chosen as a top 10 unsigned band by Alternative Addiction, the band has opened for Grammy-winning artists, Coldplay, Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams. The band has also worked alongside Anberlin and 2011’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve performers Hot Chelle Rae.
The album, which was produced by Paul Barber – of My Favorite Highway, The Bigger Lights and The Friday Night Boys – has received rave reviews. Titled “Shifting,” the album was named one of the most notable releases for 2011 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who describes the band’s sound as “poppy acoustic rock in the vein of the Dave Matthews Band.”
The theme of “shifting” is carried throughout the album, from the change in the songs from the first album and Eicher’s evolution as a songwriter to the band’s ability to shift seamlessly between various styles. The Herald-Standard praises the album as having a “mainstream likability that is both charming and contagious.”
The band’s freshman album, titled “The Shape of Things,” also received positive reviews. Wildy’s World, a prominent Amherst, N.Y. area blog, describes the album as “perhaps the most understated pop effort of 2010…it sneaks up on you, settles into your brain and takes you on a ride you won’t soon forget.”
The band, which formed at Westminster College in 2006, was originally comprised of three members: lead vocalist and guitar player J.D. Eicher, drummer Ryan Kirk, and keyboardist and background vocalist Dan Prokop. Award-winning Christian author Jim Merhaut later joined the band as their stage bass player.
For additional tour dates, samples of their music and full biographies visit them online at www.jdeicherandthegoodnights.com.