2/3 Goat (pronounced: Two-Thirds Goat) is not your average New York City based farm band. On November 20th they released their sophomore album Stream of Conscience -- which was recorded entirely on vintage equipment -- along with a music video for the title track, taking a stance against mountaintop removal coal mining.
Fronted by lead singer Annalyse McCoy, the band's fusion of folk, blues, rock, and country summons the likes of Cash & Carter with a contemporary spin, and echoes their diverse roots; McCoy hailing from the hills and hollers of Kentucky, and Ryan Dunn (vocals, guitar) born and bred on the beaches of South Jersey.
McCoy, a seasoned performer, first hit the stage at the age of eight and never looked back. After performing in her home state at festivals and venues like Renfro Valley and the Mountain Arts Center, she took runner-up at the Jimmy Dean True Value Hardware competition. While a student at Northern Kentucky University, McCoy recorded a solo album, Movin' On and was asked to sing the female lead on "Darlin'," a track from Sunshine in a Shot Glass by 500 Miles to Memphis.
Dunn got his start at 15, singing 50's and 60's music with the Barnegat Bay Breeze Singers on the boardwalks and other venues in southern New Jersey. While attending Elon University, Dunn performed with the vocal jazz group Elan, and started Twisted Measure, the very first a capella group at the school. After learning guitar in college, he moved to New York City where he met McCoy. "She inspired me to keep writing, and our styles and content fit so well together," he said.
The two began performing together at small clubs and open mics in NYC and slowly built 2/3 Goat from there, later taking on Ryan Guerra (fiddle), Jon Cavendish (bass), and Andy Wilmoth (drums).
In 2009, 2/3 Goat won the MR King Productions singer-songwriter competition in midtown Manhattan. Soon after, they recorded their debut album Up The Mountain, produced by Pat Shaw at Tainted Blue Studios, a penthouse studio in Times Square.
Earlier this year, Stream of Conscience was recorded in Nashville at Welcome to 1979 Studios with producer Chris Mara (Gin Blossoms, Rounder Records) on a restored MCI 2' 24 track tape then mixed in pro-tools, giving the album an "old meets new Nashville" feel. The album features a 1947 crooner's microphone in the track "Lay It on the Line," and "Band of Gold" features prominent Nashville musician Russ Pahl on pedal steel. The console used to record Stream of Conscience is museum-worthy: a fully restored 1978 MCI JH428 originally owned by Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner (aka "Mr. Grand Ole Opry").
2/3 Goat has toured the east coast and the southeast, frequently performing in Music City. They plan to tour extensively in support of Stream of Conscience.