Jesse Goldberg

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Songwriter Jesse Goldberg is seriously funny By NATHAN INMAN, Staff Writer - The Tennessean

Long Island native Jesse Goldberg isn't entirely what you'd expect from a singer-songwriter living in Nashville — for starters, he's a lawyer who's licensed in four states. But like plenty of Nashville songsmiths, Goldberg says most things in his life — including law — have always been secondary to songwriting."You only have one life, and you gotta do what you want," he says, crediting a short stint working as a lawyer in California and writing and performing music on the side for the realization.

Jesse Goldberg started writing songs when he was 15 and moved to Nashville in 1994 because, he says, "This is where the best songwriters in the world are." But after settling here, Goldberg quickly discovered a new talent in producing and hosting television shows. Since then, he has been the driving force behind regular series Common Law, Mind Your Own Music Business, The Songwriters Show, Nuts Over Nashville, The Jesse Goldberg Show, and City Talk, which each air several times a week on Channel 19 in Nashville.

"I got to develop a new skill," Goldberg says of his TV work, "which is being comfortable in front of a camera." Goldberg refers to his interviewing technique as "professionally unprofessional", cultivating a conversational, relaxed tone. In a special show called, "Conversations with the Candidates", he has conducted 27-minute interviews with each of the candidates for mayor from the last three election cycles.

While his growing repertoire has made him something of a Jack-of-all-trades, Goldberg's life is still centered on his music. "The thing I do best is write funny songs," he says — and those funny songs have earned him several awards, including a Cable ACE Award for "It's Honeymooner Time," which was adapted into a promotional video for the lost episodes of The Honeymooners on Showtime.

Industry professionals would brand his music novelty; it's a blend of parody and sometimes self-repudiating humor set to the rhythms of public domain tunes, reminiscent of Tom Lehrer or "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Some of his biggest hits have made the airwaves on the Dr. Demento radio show, and a slew of his newest work has been popping up in video format on YouTube, thanks to the HerBunk YouTube Channel. The music is irreverent and a little coarse, but don't let that fool you. "It's very hard to be funny," Goldberg says, "and you have to be serious about it when you're doing it."