Carole King's Daughter Louise Goffin Talks 'Beautiful' Success, New EP, Upcoming Film
Louise Goffin was happy with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and its Tony Award-winning portrayal of the early careers of her parents, King and lyricist Gerry Goffin. But she also wants to make sure it doesn't end there.
While Beautiful is on tap to become a movie from Sony Pictures and Tom Hanks' Playtone company, Goffin is planning a movie of her own, this time to deal primarily with her father's life and work in the time after Beautiful ends.
"I've been working on it for years," Goffin tells Billboard. "At the end of [Beautiful] Carole King goes to Los Angeles with her two girls and lives apart from Gerry and makes Tapestry, and there's a little bit of, 'Then what? What happens to those people afterwards?' And I have the 'Then what?' story."
Goffin is currently touring to promote her new EP, Appleonfire, and plans to return to work on the film in earnest as soon as she comes off the road. "I've written several drafts of it," she reports, "but I"m going to start looking for a team to do all the writing and put it together with." There's no specific timetable for the film to be finished and go into production, but Goffin hopes it will dovetail with plans for Beautiful.
Meanwhile, she's keeping her father's spirit and lyrics alive with Appleonfire, a six-song set that includes "I'm Not Rich But I'm Not Poor," which the pair wrote when she was 21. It also features Goffin-King's "If I'm Late" with Joseph Arthur and "It's Not the Spotlight," written by Gerry Goffin with the EP's co-producer Barry Goldberg, keyboardist of Electric Flag and The Rides.
"It really started off with my father passing away," Goffin recalls. "I hadn't released anything for six years and I had played that song, 'It's Not the Spotlight' at one of my shows. And I ran into Barry and said, 'Hey, I played your song at a house concert,' and he said, 'We should cut it.' ... That started the EP -- that song and that conversation."
Goffin posted "I'm Not Rich But I'm Not Poor" on Soundcloud earlier this year and has been pleased with the reaction it's been getting. "For some reason, with no advertising or promotion whatsoever, that song is getting at least 500 hits a day. I mean I watch it and, 'Wow, 10,000 people have played this.' Then it was 12,000 people, then 14, than 15, now it's 20,000 and it keeps going. I don't know where that's coming from. I don't know who's listening to it or where they are or how they're being exposed to it other than it's being shared and it's word of mouth, but it's really cool."
Also of note on the EP is another Goffin-King track, "Take Another Step," which features a duet with Jakob Dylan.
"Jakob and I had already collaborated for the MusiCares tribute to my mother; she put us together and thought we would be representative of two generations in a sibling kind of way, sibling with equal mojo in their rock 'n' roll ancestry," Goffin says. "So it was extremely comfortable working with him and we had good chemistry and sounded good together. And when I was doing this with Barry I mentioned that to him, and he said we should do a Goffin-King song and get Jakob to sing on it. So that was it. It had just been five months earlier that we had done the MusiCares thing, and Jakob was very gracious about it and said, 'Yeah, I'll come down.' Jakob says 'no' a lot and has reason to, so it was nice that he was willing to do that."