The band’s unique new album ‘Ted Tapes 2024’ is out today

Goose [Daniel Prakopcyk]

Goose are back with a revamped lineup and a new album, of sorts. The storied jam band confirmed Tuesday that new dummer Cotter Ellis will be sitting behind the kit for the group’s upcoming summer tour. Beginning with a slot at the Solshine Festival over Memorial Day Weekend, the tour features stops in St. Louis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, and more before wrapping up on June 30 at the Westville Music Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut.

A ticket pre-sale lottery for all newly announced dates begins today at 12 noon ET and will continue through Saturday, February 10, at 5pm ET. VIP and Travel Package pre-sales begin Wednesday, February 7 at 10am local venue time. Lottery winners will be charged and notified via email by the evening of Thursday, February 15. Public on-sales are set to begin Friday, February 16 at 10am (local). One dollar for each ticket sold will be donated to Greenpeace, a global network of independent campaigning organizations that is committed to transforming the country’s unjust social, environmental, and economic systems from the ground up to address the climate crisis, safeguard our planet for future generations, advance racial justice, and build an economy that puts people over profits.

“I first saw Cotter play with his band Swimmer at Nectar’s some years ago,” says Rick Mitarotonda. “I was sitting solo at one of the bar tables right in front of the stage with the PA ripping. The set was awesome, they’re all fantastic players and I was taken with the buoyant energy and how much fun they were having. Something had me glued to the drums though. His pocket and feel were gripping. He really told a story with his playing that night. It was an experience that always stuck with me.”

Today, Goose released Ted Tapes 2024, an album comprised of instrumental improvisations captured during Ellis’s auditions on drums. Ted Tapes 2024 is available now.

“These Ted Tapes tracks are improvisational moments from the first few sessions with Cotter, recorded solely for the purpose of reference, not intended for any kind of release. The instruments and microphones were rigged up quickly, and the playing was raw and free from any expectations. The first track, “Leo,” is the opening pick up jam from the first session, the first notes ever played together. There were some consistent threads we all felt in the room throughout these early sessions; ease of communication, freely flowing ideas, and a feeling of effortlessness moving through different zones. We experienced a patience that allowed all of our personalities to come out and energy to well up in new ways. It feels like a door just beginning to open. We couldn’t be more stoked for what’s to come.”

“I’ve known Cotter for over 10 years,” continues Peter Anspach. “Our two bands Great Blue and Swimmer were coming up in the scene at the same time and played countless shows together. At one particular gig, I told Cotter, ‘Hey man, I would love to play in a band with you someday.’ I couldn’t be more excited for that day to have finally come. He has always been an inspirational musician for me. From his deep pocket and feel to his hilarious antics, I’ve always seen him as a stand-out person and look forward to having him as a bandmate. Getting to play and hang with him during this process has been enlightening. He has already brought so much energy and depth to the music, I can’t wait to share it with our entire Goose family. Playing with him feels effortless and allows for deep relaxation in which to explore improvisationally. I am so proud of the recordings we have captured so far. They demonstrate so many different styles and really have inspired me over the last month as we have put the album together. I really hope everyone enjoys that journey as much as we did. We can’t wait for the first shows back.”

May 24-26 – Chillicothe, IL – Solshine: A Music & Arts Reverie*
June 4 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory
June 5 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory
June 7 – Greenwood Village, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 8 – Greenwood Village, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 10 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse
June 11 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland 
June 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park
June 14 – Swanzey, NH – Northlands Music & Arts Festival (Two Sets) †
June 15 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC
June 16 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion
June 18 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
June 20 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
June 21 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
June 23 – Charlotte, NC – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 25 – Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point
June 26 – Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point
June 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center
June 29 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
June 30 – New Haven, CT – Westville Music Bowl

*Festival Appearance

Tickets will be available HERE