The Golden Path is a sensuous musical quartet based in Oakland, CA. We play dreamy, grungy guitar rock: floating synth strings, heavily distorted guitars, slinky bass lines, and thumping, swishy beats. Our music pulls from a broad emotional palette -- a dab of sweet nostalgia, a touch of black loneliness, a swipe of deep conviction -- with lyrics ranging from the whimsical (“One and One”) to the visceral (“God’s Sick”).The Golden Path began as the solo project of singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard H. Phillips. His original vision of an austere, computer-based project was transformed when three of his friends – Berkeley luminary Barbara Golden, long-time collaborator Adam Windham, and multi-talented percussionist Ed Garcia – offered to lend their talents and energy to the music.
Richard H. Phillips (Songwriter/Singer/Guitar) is an on-again-off again wage slave who’s been playing music for a long time in groups like Shroomy Shroom, the Sorts, and Against Tomorrow. He prays at the altar of Fender Stratocaster, coming through a Boss HM2 Heavy Metal pedal and a tube amp.
Barbara Golden (Keyboard/Back-up Vocals): Since 1985, Barb’s done politically incorrect performance (WIGband), Balinese music, and radio (producer/host/board-op of KPFA Berkeley’s Crack o’ Dawn). She penned the sold-out cookbook/CD Barbara Golden’s Greatest Hits, and has performed with many indie groups, including Matmos, The Residents, The Hub, and Blectum from Blechdom. She splits her time between the Bay Area and Sutton, Quebec.
Adam Windham (Bass) has been a musician since he was nine years old, and has played with Phillips in bands such as Shroomy Shroom and Against Tomorrow. By day this southpaw is a physics professor (wielding science for the forces of good), and lives in Albany, CA with his wonderful wife.
Ed Garcia (Drums) works throughout the Bay Area as a performer and educator. He performs in several professional ensembles ranging from classical to contemporary to world music. Ed currently enjoys teaching Indonesian gamelan at UC Davis, as well as instructing several private percussion students.