Alan Godage is the man behind the name. He is the Lead Singer and the best classic Country singer your ears have ever heard. Alan is a songwriter and plays Rhythm Guitar for the band. He has been playing since the age of 8. He has never strayed from Classic Country Music. You may hear a 50’s or even a Gospel but will never hear anything that is not tasteful for his crowd. He has 5 kids and 13 Grandkids. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, and loves having a garden. His Birthday is October 14.
Melody Lane sings with us part time. The youngest of our 5 kids, she grew up listening to Classic Country Music and credits Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, and Patty Loveless as being some of her influences. She has been singing since she was five. She’s outgoing and loves to dance. She has a telephone permanently attached to her head. She is real handy on the computer and designs our promo material. She is the assistant manager of Holiday in Sauk Rapids in East St. Cloud. Stop in and she will give you one of her BIG winning smiles. Her birthday is February 15.
Dan Gadacz is the drummer for our band. He is also our youngest son. Dan started drumming on the pots and pans at age 2. By the age of 12 he had his first set of real drums. They were old when he got them but that did not detour him from listening to classic country music and playing along with the songs he loved. Dan’s drums were set up and every waking minute they were being used. It wasn’t long and Danny was setting in with some of the drmmers we had, first just a song or two then a set, then the crowd started asking for Danny as he was steady and they liked real drums but that Dan never played loud.
By the age of 14 Dan was playing with his dad’s band on a regular basis. It had been a dream of Danny’s to play in his dad’s band and become a regular at our shows. Danny had the opportunity to play Clubs and Casino’s which was nice as he also got paid for something he loved to do.
Danny is a such a help to the band other than just a drummer. He is our get it done kid who loads and unloads the trailer. He is our “I” can get it or I will help figure out what cord is not working. I’m not sure he even know’s how much he is appreciated because he is not only the drummer but our kid.
If you have talked to him or ever want to Danny will never walk away or be rude. He is a all around good guy we are proud to call him our son. If you want to talk about drums or classic country music or hunting then you will always have a topic to talk about.
Danny has been married to our daughter inlaw Jodi for 9 years in June. They are the proud parents of 3 boys Bryar 8 and Kaden 5 and Hunter Alan 3. Danny’s birthday is Dec. 27.
I started playing guitar when I was 13. Bought an old Harmony flat top from Uncle Mark, and started playing. It wasn’t too long and I bought an electric guitar and amp. Did park dances as a three piece rock band. As friends and I got better so did the gigs we played. Played for Soul of the City in Minneapolis, and did school dances. Always kept in touch with my favorite cousin Al. Always admired his playing and singing. During my third year in college, I went up north to visit Al and started to play along to country songs by Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard, Conway, Vern Gosden, Johnny Cash and many more I wasn’t too familiar with. Over the years played in a jazz trio with my brother-in-law, and with other rock bands. The country and 50’s and 60’s bands started when I went to visit Al, and he said he was going to play the Sportsman in St. Cloud with an old high school classmate, Joe Schustak. So I go along with some of the other “Skunk Hollow Boys”, Lump, Grub, Mike Spitski, to hear Al play with Joe, a drummer, and a bass player. The bass player was so bad. Al asked it Joe would mind if his cousin came up to play a couple of songs. Joe was reluctant to let me but he did say OK. I get up on stage and played the third set, we did four sets in those days. First I had to tune the guys bass, he didn’t even know how to tune the damn thing. I get done playing the set and it sounded a lot better. At the end of the night Joe fired the bass player and that was the beginning of my country career. Played with Joe and Al on and off through the years, and have grown to truly enjoy classic country.
My first guitar was a Kay guitar, red hollow body electric. I traded it in for a Fender Telecaster, which I still have. Some opportunities came up to play some bass, and I eventually switched. Bought a Fender Telecaster bass, the same one I still play. Bought it around 1969. If the old bass could talk, there would be many stories, most which you couldn’t publish.
As far as favorite songs, I’ve always loved Crystal Chandeliers, Lonesome Fugitive, Today I Started Loving You Again, My Elusive Dreams, and so many others. My biggest influence has been Al. Before I played anything, I always admired the way he could play guitar and sing. It was very gratifying to eventually play at a level that we could play together. It has been and will always be one of the best musical experiences for me to make music with my favorite cousin.
Started playing with my Dad early on. Was playing chords on the ukulele for
him starting about age 3, really I have pictures to prove it.
My first guitar was a cheap Montgomery Wards Audition brand guitar. First
good guitar was a 1962 Gibson ES 330 I got when I was in about the 5th grade
Not really played with anybody to speak of. I have met some people but
nothing big really. Got to hang out with Willie Nelsons band one day. Jodie
Payne, his guitar player, came in the club I was playing at in Rochester MN.
He liked my playing and invited me to hang out with him the next day so I
did. We played some, hung out on the bus and walked downtown. I had dinner
with Shelby Lynn that night. This was back when she had hair! LOL She was
opening for Willie so that is why she was there. Grady Martin was also
playing with Willie at the time so I got to meet him.
I also used to play at a little club in Ok some. One night Lorreta Lynn’s
band came in. They sat in with us for a bit. Also Ricky Van Shelton’s band
showed up at the same club on a different night.
I’ve never really opened for anybody but I did play on the same show once
with the Four Seasons. Oh wait…I did play with a group that opened for a
show called “The next Generation.” It was 3 women. One was James Garners
daughter, I believe the others were Lorreta Lynn’s Daughter and one of
Johnny Cashes daughters but not Rosanne or Carlene Carter…can’t remember
Never had any lessons. My Dad started me and Chet Atkins and Roy Nichols
showed me the rest through their recordings.
I really like about anything that is done well, can appreciate it anyway. My
main influences are of course Chet Atkins, Roy Nichols. Also you could
include Johnny Smith, Joe Pass, Eldon Shamblen (SP??) any of the early
Western Swing guitar players.
Favorite song?? hmm… boy not sure, so many good ones Probably any Chet
Atkins song I’m playing or listening to at the time…same could be said for
Hope this helps you out some. There really isn’t much to say about me I
guess. I just try to play to fit in, and enjoy what I’m doing and hope
others do also.
Barb Gadacz is the Manager and Booking agent for the band. She is the biggest supporter and promoter of Alan Godage & Sundown. She does everything from answering the phone to signing the contracts. It’s Barb who gets the credit for the band sounding as good as they do. She knows how Alan Godage & Sundown should sound and she never settles for less than the best. Her band is always willing to give her what she needs to get the sound that has made them the reputation of the band that never plays to loud. The odds are pretty good that before the show is over Barb will have greeted every person in the room. She loves her job. Her Birthday is May 10.