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NOTL musician Steve Goldberger’s pandemic project takes off
Steve Goldberger and the Gentle Spirits Band.
Steve Goldberger and the Gentle Spirits Band.

For Niagara-on-the-Lake musician Steve Goldberger, music is what kept him occupied through the pandemic while creating his newest solo album, “All Roads Lead To You.”

The album includes some of his favourite songs and takes inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan, Shawn Colvin and Jackson Browne.

When recording it, Goldberger wanted to take songs of importance to him and add his own unique twist.

“I just find that the more I do this, I continue learning something new on every project,” he said. “It’s what keeps me sane in this crazy world.”

When the album was released, the first single, “Something In The Air,” a cover of the Thunderclap Newman original, gained hundreds of streams across various music platforms.

It’s now being played all over the world, something that Goldberger is ecstatic about.

On a similar note, he is also thrilled to finally see the project come to life and be out for others to enjoy.

“To have it all come together and see it in a lovely package to get it out to people, it feels good.”

However, for Goldberger the best part about being a musician is getting the chance to collaborate with talented people with similar interests.

He’s no stranger to that experience and has been in more than 10 different bands since the 1970s, when his music career began.

“To me, it’s all about the interaction between the different players and connecting with other like-minded musicians,” he said.

“I’m capable of playing on my own, but I would never do that and I’ve never done it. There’s got to be at least one more musician with me. It’s all part of the fun,” he adds.

His current band, Steve Goldberger and The Gentle Spirits, features drummer Dave Norris and guitarist Mike Glatt (both NOTL residents), guitarist Andrew Aldridge, vocalist and ukulele player Laurel Minnes, and vocalist Zan Dominick, all from Niagara.

The band members play folk and roots music, and are as gentle-spirited as their name, Goldberger said.

“It’s my dream band. I love these guys. They’re all such great musicians and are happy to be there,” he said.

Playing locally is important to the band, said Goldberger.

Although Goldberger’s regular gigs (often with the Old Winos) at the Old Winery in NOTL are paused now, they hope to get back on stage there again soon.

Nonetheless, Goldberger is still enjoying performing live and held an album release party at Camp Cataract in Niagara Falls on Saturday, Aug. 6, to celebrate “All Roads Lead Back To You.”

And you can catch Goldberger with the Gentle Spirits on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Niagara Music & Food Expo Street Party in downtown Niagara Falls.