One of the finest Nashville true country singers, Teea Goans, performs "Steel Guitar Rag" live on Country Road TV.
Teea Goans (pronounced TEE-uh GO-uhnz) is an American country music singer. She grew up in rural Lowry City, Missouri, not far from the Kansas border.
Teea Goans was singing in church by the time she was three years old and when she turned eight she was spotted at a talent contest by the Truman Lake Opry. A year later she became a full-fledged member. She continued to perform there every week until she was 17 and opened for Grand Ole Opry acts such as Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens and Grandpa Jones.
After high school, Goans earned her associate degree at Longview Community College in Kansas City and remained there after graduation. Teea Goans' primary musical influence during those early years was her maternal grandmother - the late Della Lee Faulkner. A locally popular singer in the 1960s, Faulkner might have pursued a career in Nashville but had to take care of seven children.
"I knew at a very young age that I would move to Nashville someday, "I have a picture that I drew in third grade of me on the Grand Ole Opry stage. I knew that from the time I was a kid that I would be in Nashville. I got my apartment sight unseen. I had no idea what part of town I was in. I just said 'I'm doing this,' and my mom, dad, and grandma helped me move my stuff down here on Halloween night. I moved into my apartment the next morning, and they were gone the next morning," – Teea Goans
In 2002 Teea moved to Nashville, 3 months later she was engaged to high her school sweetheart Brandon, they married shortly afterwards in 2003. Goans started working a variety of jobs, including selling cell phones. Her husband urged her to concentrate on her music and heeding his advice to follow a musical career she started writing songs and singing demos for other writers and played gigs. The first thing Goans worked on was the Ray Price show at the Ryman Auditorium in 2006, this through radio station WSM, who later asked her to book and run talent for The Opry warm-up show. Along with these duties, Goans continued to write and demo songs. At the Station Inn, Nashville's foremost bluegrass club she sang with The Time Jumpers and met her now producer Terry Choate.
Goans hosted a show called Inside The Opry Circle which gave a fan’s perspective from backstage after The Grand Ole Opry's Saturday night shows. Her first two on-air interviews were with Garth Brooks and Vince Gill. From 2010 to 2011 marked a series of firsts for Goans. In January 2010, on a rare snowbound Nashville day she made her Grand Ole Opry debut. At The Ryman Auditorium Jean Shephard, a Hall Of Fame Inductee introduced Goans on stage to perform Bill Anderson's Top 10 classic Walk Out Backwards. On July 27, 2010 she released her debut album titled The Way I Remember It on the independent Crosswind Music Group label. Also in 2010 she appeared on Larry's Country Diner, a TV series on RFD-TV. Her first video Letter From God was nominated for the 26th annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards. Goans hosted the historical live radio broadcast the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree for the first time on July 23, 2011.
On July 15, 2012 Goans released her second studio album called That's Just Me.v The album contains 13 songs both notable covers and original material. It was produced by Terry Choate, a mentor to Goans, the man who elevated The Time Jumpers from a talented bar band to multiple Grammy nominations. Misty Blue, was a hit for Wilma Burgess, Eddy Arnold and Billie Jo Spears. Nobody Wins, a Kris Kristofferson song was made famous by Brenda Lee which was a Top 5 hit in 1973. I’ve Done Enough Dying Today, reached number seven on the Billboard charts in 1979 for Larry Gatlin. Goans chose to include Over The Rainbow, the theme of the 1939 film classic, The Wizard Of Oz, after witnessing the reaction of an audience of World War II veterans to her live performance of the song.
Memories To Burn (2016) was her next release. It´s a little more varied than most, with the songs ranging from the early 1960s to the '80s, with a couple of pop standards, gospel tunes and even Christmas songs thrown in for good measure. Goans and producer Terry Choate did an excellent job in reviving a few songs that have been unfairly forgotten, such as "What's Forever For?", most recently a hit for Michael Martin Murphy in the '80s. "Sing a Sad Song" isn't among Merle Haggard's best-known songs, but Goans' take on it, complete with generous doses of fiddle and steel guitar, is infinitely preferable to another version of "Mama Tried."
Finally Swing, Shuffle & Sway (2017) is her latest record. Much of the material consists of covers, but Teea avoids ground which is too well worn. One of the best known songs is a lovely cover of the Don Gibson-penned Ronnie Milsap classic ‘(I’d Be) A Legend In My Time’, which has a stunning vocal and classy arrangement led by steel guitar with some tasteful strings added in. Country standard ‘You Don’t Know Me’ is a perfect fit for Teea. ‘Steel Guitar Rag’ is an old Bob Wills tune which Tees performs vivaciously. Previously cut by Ray Price (one of Teea’s primary influences) and Gene Watson, ‘A Way To Survive’ is a great traditional country shuffle, with some lovely fiddle and steel. ‘Heart Over Mind’ is a fine Mel Tllis song which was a hit for him in 1970. She also recruits 90s star Mark Wills as her duet partner on a charmingly playful take on ‘It Ain’t Nothin’’, which completely reinvents the Keith Whitley hit.