Meet the 2014 AMPED Music Contest Finalists: Hound of Goshen, 'Cordoba'

Built on the idea that there’s creative capital to be found in discomfort, Hound of Goshen features four veteran musicians who decided to start a band that placed them in unfamiliar territory. The band features players who are known for playing loud and proud now playing considerably quieter songs.

Brian Allen, who plays guitar and sings in the band, is best known to Augusta audiences as a drummer. He said singing, songwriting and playing a new instrument presents him with a welcome challenge.

“That challenge has been having to learn a whole new skill set,” he said at the AMPED preview showcase at Sky City. “I mean, I haven’t been playing guitar long. In fact, tonight will be the fourth time in public.”

Allen’s wife, Tracy, plays bass. While not a new instrument for her, she said the simplicity of the songs and the often-acoustic arrangements force her to play it in an unfamiliar way. She said punk rock, which is where she started, offered a lot of hiding places. The Goshen sound does not.

“It has really forced me, all of us really, to slow down and work with open spaces,” she said. “You have to be simple.”


This year’s AMPED Music Contest finalists range in age from a young diva not yet able to apply for a driver’s license to a drummer who chooses to spend his retirement rocking. They range in experience from nearly novice to seasoned musicians who have played together for many years.

What they have in common is talent, commitment and the creative urge required to create musical moments.

Before they take the stage in front of our panel of judges at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival’s Community Stage, we’d like to introduce each and encourage everyone to come root for your favorite.



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My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

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