By Kara Pound
Maybe you’ve seen them play at one of the various local venues they frequent. They’re hard to miss, after all. Go Get Gone, comprised of husband and wife duo, Mike Edginton (guitar/lead vocal) and Angi Edginton (upright bass/backup vocals), and Katie Gay on drums, are a Rockabilly outfit with attitude. Formed in 2009, the group has become a musical mainstay everywhere from Sangrias to A1A Aleworks. Compass caught up with Angi to chat about music in the 1950s, the local music scene and what’s next for the band. Here’s part of that conversation.
Compass: Where is everyone in the band from?
Angi Edginton: Mike grew up in Michigan; I grew up in Montana; and Katie grew up in Jacksonville. Mike and I have lived in St. Augustine for three years now.
Compass: You formed in early 2009. Tell me about how the band came together.
A.E.: Mike and I were playing in two all-original bands at the time, and we were on our honeymoon [in St. Augustine]. We were waiting for a ghost tour and went up to Milltop Tavern to have a beer before it started. When we walked up the stairs, the bar was full and had so much amazing energy with just one guy performing. We both just kind of looked at each other and said, “Why aren’t we doing this?” When we got home from our honeymoon, we decided to start doing this with hopes of it being our only job.
Compass: What do you think of the local music scene now that you call Northeast Florida home?
A.E.: St. Augustine has some of the most talented musicians I’ve ever been around. I love that people in town actually go out and will bar hop and see and support multiple bands in one night. I love that people will support so many of us that do completely different genres. I love that so many fans have become amazing friends. The loyalty of our friends and fans here is something we’ve never experienced. The music scene here allows so many of us to be lucky enough to call music our only source of income.
Compass: How conducive is the local music scene to a Rockabilly band?
A.E.: We took a huge gamble when we moved here with Go Get Gone. We started the band when we were living up North for a couple of years. We looked it up online before we moved here, and there were no bands doing what we do at the time. It’s surprisingly a genre that people enjoy but they may not have known it was called Rockabilly. It’s definitely different for this town, but the response has been incredible. It’s adorable how many people sing along and show up with slicked back hair, and red lipstick. People can have so much fun with it!
Compass: Your ReverbNation profile says the band “was created as homage to a time in early American music that will never be forgotten.” What did you mean by that?
A.E.: I feel like the ’50s were the most profound years of rock ’n’ roll. That was the decade that set the precedent. It was an era that created the “rock star” and the first teenage rebellion. All of us in the band are fascinated by the concept of these artists singing subliminally raunchy yet innocent songs. Everyone dressed amazing. The slang, music and fashion . . . it’s just so cool to us, still. Everyone knows these songs, and they will always stand the test of time.
Compass: Where does the band’s name, Go Get Gone, come from?
A.E.: To “get gone” in the ’50s was a slang phrase to get into the music or vibe or dancing. A “real gone cat” was someone hip or just plain cool.
Compass: Tell me a bit about your live shows. How would you describe them?
A.E.: We put everything we can into it. It’s our heart and soul. We can’t help but be high energy and Mike definitely engages the audience. The fact that Mike and I are married is apparently a humorous aspect, or so I’ve been told. We pick on each other, and we’re usually silly and can’t take ourselves seriously. We just all have fun together and people love watching that kind of authenticity, I suppose.
Compass: Tell me about the covers that you perform.
A.E.: Our covers are ’50s and some ’60s. It’s music that we love playing and love to expose people to. Our songs are meant to be danced to and to sing along to.
Compass: Do you also have original tunes?
A.E.: We do! We are working on our first CD of originals right now to be released in the fall, right before our tour in October.
Compass: Who in the band does the majority of the songwriting?
A.E.: Mike and I both work together to write the songs. Things we’ve gone through or seen others go through, the music, the culture — everything can be inspiration.
Compass: What would you like the future to look like for Go Get Gone?
A.E.: We are going on an East Coast and Midwest tour this October and releasing a CD for it. Next year will be a full U.S. tour. We want to travel and get our music out to as many people as possible, and we don’t want to just be known as a cover band. We definitely want to play all around the world.
- July 10: Volstead in Jacksonville; 9 p.m. to midnight.; no cover
- July 11: Fly’s Tie in Jacksonville; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; no cover
- July 13: Coquina Beach Surf Club; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; no cover
- July 16: A1A Aleworks; 7 to 11 p.m.; no cover
- July 20: Coquina Beach Surf Club; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; no cover
- July 24: Conch House; 8 p.m. to midnight; no cover
- July 25: Sangrias; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; no cover