Meet Your NYS Music Staff: Writer Johnny Goff

“It’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” It’s a philosophy that has often gotten music writer Johnny Goff into some very hard-to-get areas for coverage. While that rogue attitude has occasionally got him into some snares and scowls, that brazen approach has also yielded some great interviews with some of jam / jazz / Americana / electronica and Rock icons. Those including but not limited to: Warren Haynes, Avett Brothers, Lotus, Soulive, Michael Franti, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo, Medeski, Martin and Wood and countless other up and coming bands.

Johnny GoffWhile pursuing a degree in public relations / marketing from Finger Lakes, NY’s private liberal arts college Keuka College, Johnny began his love for music writing in his backyard by covering the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival for several local newspapers. Later, Johnny would later work as a staff writer for Corning, NY’s The Leader newspaper for several years. When full-time journalism and his love for music combined with prose, the music-writing bug had become to blossom. In addition to local music columns and NYS Music Johnny has written for,, and several other regional musical publications.

When not writing about music, Johnny enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters, attending as many Phish shows as he can manage around his full-time career as regional director of development (attended first show in 1995), hiking, fishing and golfing and counting his blessings for having so many great friends around this great country.

Before the sandman knocks on his door, Johnny would like to attend the Isle of Wight Festival in England, get invited to Woody Harrelson’s, Willy Nelson’s and Owen Wilson’s private compound in Hawaii for a personal jam session, play guest perscussion for Donna the Buffalo at Grassroots Festival, get to see Trey Anastasio and David Byrne play together, see Rage Against the Machine play Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado, and see the dubstep genre blown up in at a secret Nuclear Test Site in the South Pacific Ocean.

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