About Ryan 'Gooch' Nelson

Gooch and The Motion deliver a unique blend of country, blues, and rock n’ roll straight out of South Jersey. Nine-time Grammy award winning producer, Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo, says “they have a one of a kind sound that also makes you nostalgic of artists you’ve listened to in the past.”

The band is in the process of recording their sophomore album, “Outside the Window” to be released later this year in addition to a northeast tour to support it. The album showcases band leader Ryan “Gooch” Nelson’s growth in lyrics and musicality influenced by his life. The energy and connection in the band is truly at all-timeime high!

Formed in 2016, Gooch and The Motion began as a rotation of many talented musicians from the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. The core of the band has blossomed in to a fully dedicated 6 piece group that is as comfortable headlining a festival as it is playing intimate club venues. The Motion have performed with The Allman Brothers, Luther Dickinson, Lynryd Skynyrd, Robert Randolph and the Family BandWalter Trout, and the Zac Brown Band, just to name a few.

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“Quadriplegic, Cancer-Surviving Indie Blues Man Gooch Nelson Releases First Album on New Blacbird/Universal Label.”
Innocent Words | Magazine and Records

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Quadriplegic, Cancer-Surviving Indie Blues Man Gooch Nelson Releases First Album on New Blacbird/Universal Label

- Innocent Words | Magazine and Records
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“COMIN’ HOME is not only about Gooch Nelson’s lyrical and musical prowess, but a wholly collaborative effort showcasing both the work of The Motion”

Gooch Nelson's Transcendent Blues

- No Depression
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“Nelson sounds like Dr. John, a gravelly graveyard croak perfectly suited for R.L Burnside’s “Shake ‘Em On Down,” his greasy slide like hot lard for Adam Monaco’s mandolin skitterings popping in a hot hill country skillet.”

Get on board with Gooch and the Motion’s bluesy debut

- WXPN The Key
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“For someone who has been an avid musician nearly all his life with dreams of breaking big, Gooch felt restless without the freedom to create music.”

The Composition of Success with Gooch and the Motion

- THAT Music Mag
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A New Jersey native, Gooch was always predestined for a career in music. “I started playing the guitar when I was 12,” he admits. “I’m pretty much completely self taught. I’ve always had a good ear to hear the music, to absorb it and pick it up and play it.”

Ryan 'Gooch' Nelson Crafts Stunning Debut Album as Quadriplegic (Video!)

- The Improper
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A quadriplegic who was recently diagnosed with cancer, he’s conjured a rip-snorting, foot-stomping songs for his debut album Comin’ Home. It’s a tribute to anyone who’s undergone personal tragedy.