Tim Goshorn 1954-2017

The true Greater Cincinnati music legend, guitarist and songwriter passed away April 15 at the age of 62.

Apr 26, 2017 at 10:22 am

Tim Goshorn - Photo: facebook.com/timgoshornband
Photo: facebook.com/timgoshornband
Tim Goshorn
A true Greater Cincinnati music legend, Tim Goshorn, passed away on April 15. He was 62.

A celebrated guitarist and songwriter, the Fort Thomas, Ky. native was a part of a musical family that has left a big imprint on the local music community. The musical lives of Tim and his brothers Larry and Dan seemed to revolve around or near the others over the past several decades. Larry and Dan were in popular Cincinnati psychedelic Rock band The Sacred Mushroom, which split up in 1969 and led to Larry and Tim performing around the area as Mushroom Jones. A few years later, Larry joined (and became the main songwriter in) Ohio-spawned Country Rock favorite Pure Prairie League (which had cut its teeth as a popular club band in Cincinnati and featured other local residents in its regularly revolving lineup over the band’s lifespan). Tim, who wrote a couple of songs for the band’s 1976 album, Dance, joined Larry in the group in 1977 and wrote several songs for the band’s 1978 album, Just Fly. Eventually, Larry and Tim left the group to form The Goshorn Brothers Band, which released a few albums in the ’90s and ’00s. Tim rejoined PPL for a few yeas in the early ’80s, while both brothers appeared on the 1987 album Mementos 1971-1987, a collection of re-recorded PPL favorites. 

With constant shows in the area, The Goshorn Brothers Band became one of Cincinnati’s favorite club acts. Larry and Tim also performed acoustically as The Goshorn Brothers, which last released an album in 2012. In recent years, Tim maintained a strong presence in the local scene and continued to play out regularly, including with his bluesy Tim Goshorn Band. In 2015, Tim joined the current version of PPL onstage when the band played the Sharonville Convention Center. That same year, the Tim Goshorn Band recorded a self-titled album (released as an “custom bootleg”) and Tim and Larry joined artists like Adrian Belew, Bobby Mackey and Rosemary Clooney in the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame.

Not long ago, Tim was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. On April 13, a crowdfunding site was set up at gofundme.com/timgoshorn to help with the mounting costs of medical treatment. According to the GoFundMe site, Tim died after being admitted to hospice care on April 15. (The site is still accepting donations to assist his family.) A memorial concert celebrating Tim’s life is reportedly in the works. 

Local School of Rock Turns 5

It was five years ago this month that the School of Rock branch in Mason opened. The education center has since taught kids and adults about not only the technical aspects of playing music, but also the elements of performance, organizing regular shows for student bands both at the School of Rock complex and at working venues around the area (including Northside Tavern and Southgate House Revival). The school has also involved (and been involved with) the Cincinnati music community, hiring local musicians for its staff, performing at big events like the MidPoint Music Festival and covering songs by local artists like Wussy, The Tigerlilies and Walk the Moon. Current and former students have also further ingrained themselves into the local music scene by forming their own bands, including Blank SlateSonarray,BACKdoorHot Zombie and Freak Mythology.

To celebrate School of Rock Mason’s fifth anniversary, current and former students and staff members are performing a special concert at 20th Century Theater (3021 Madison Road, Oakley, the20thcenturytheatre.com) this Friday. The musicians will play songs from past School of Rock shows, as well as tunes slated for upcoming performances, which include concerts dedicated to the music of The Who, Eric Clapton, Panic! at the Disco, The Cars and many others. Tickets are $10 in advance through cincyticket.com or $15 at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Ovation Music Fund, which provides scholarships for low-income youth to participate in programs like School of Rock. 

For more on School of Rock Mason, visit mason.schoolofrock.com

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected].