"Don't Feed the Goat" is the name of a project lead by Steve Goodman. The name of the band was taken from a story told by Bernie Works, a professor of technical theatre at the University of Illinois. The comic ballad Don't Feed the Goat is based on that story.
Steve grew up in Chicago, coincidentally the home town of another singer/songwriter of the same name. Steve began playing violin at age seven--because it looked like a guitar and his hands were too small for guitar, and took up the guitar at age ten. It was a short trip to dropping the violin. He wrote his first song at sixteen, and was a member of the band PD-17 in high school. In college, he studied acting and directing, and also wrote and performed as a singer/songwriter in small venues. He also composed incidental music for the theatre.
Steve moved to Israel in 1996 and has performed in different venues across the country, as a musician and once as a mute court jester.
Although his influences started with the Beatles and early Paul Simon, his music has grown and he began exploring new musical textures with the song "The Autumn Has Passed" which fuses African, Indian and Middle-Eastern rhythms with vocals, acoustic guitar and a cello solo.