The Good Brothers – 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
The Good Brothers played their first gig at the legendary Toronto club The Riverboat on May 14, 1974. Twins Bruce (autoharp) and Brian (guitar) had previously performed with James Ackroyd as James and The Good Brothers, opening for Grand Funk Railroad at Maple Leaf Gardens, travelling across Canada on the Festival Express with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Ian & Sylvia, and The Band, and touring throughout North America. In 1973, Bruce and Brian returned home, recruited younger brother Larry on banjo, and formed The Good Brothers.
Soon, The Good Brothers were packing El Mocambo five nights a week, and headlining at such venues as Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the National Arts Centre, and at L.A.’s Universal Amphitheatre with Gordon Lightfoot. Beginning in 1977, they won an astonishing eight consecutive Juno awards as Country Group of the Year. In 1980 their fifth album, Good Brothers “Live”, was certified gold, and they have since recorded ten more records. They continue to perform across Canada and the United States and have toured Europe 29 times.
Still going strong after over forty years, The Good Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in2004. The Toronto Musicians’ Association is proud to recognize their tremendous success with our Lifetime Achievement Award.
“When we joined our union back in the early 70s, we had no idea that this would be the beginning of such a long and significant relationship. Working with brothers can be both rewarding and challenging, but one thing is certain: we always have each other’s backs. As members of the TMA, we have always felt like we had another brother watching our backs, and that was the brotherhood of Local 149. We are now and always will be very proud to be a part of this organization.” – The Good Brothers