John Goodin (1951-) is from southern Indiana and began playing the guitar shortly after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in February of 1964. Ten years later he began to play the mandolin. He has played in many bands and ensembles performing music in a variety of styles and was a founding member of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra in 1988. Along with studying folk, jazz and pop music he has attended workshops offered by several of today’s finest classical mandolinists, including Keith Harris, Gertrude Weyhofen, and Carlo Aonzo. He is a long time member of the Classical Mandolin Society of America.
Goodin is a member of the popular contra dance band Contratopia and they have recorded over 30 of his tunes on their three CDs: Hands Four, Ballroom Echoes, and Smitten (all available from CDBaby). As a composer Goodin has written several pieces for mandolin orchestra that have been recorded and performed by mandolin orchestras in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States. Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag has published two of his mandolin orchestra pieces, The Louisville Suite (1995) and Heavens On Earth (2006). He has also published two collections of original fiddle tunes (Blueberries to Boston, 1997 and the Contratopia Tunebook , 2001), a collection of waltzes (31 Waltzes, 2009) and a book of duos for two mandolins (Midwestern Mandolin Duos, 2010). In 2010 Mel Bay published his book Telemann for Mandolin. He has lived in Decorah, Iowa since 1994 where he is an Associate Professor and Librarian on the faculty of Luther College.