Kevin Gordon – the rock and roller with the masters degree in poetry who documents the culture of the south like a southern Springsteen – will play his first New York show in six years, debuting songs from 2012's 'Gloryland' (February 14 / Crowville Media) at Rockwood Music Hall January 19. The Bug Music artist who has been covered by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Irma Thomas, and others and who has recorded a duet with Lucinda Williams.
On 'Gloryland,' Gordon proves himself one of the best songwriters on the scene, conjuring adolescent rebellion at a ZZ Top concert with "Bus To Shreveport"; the awkwardness of the marching band until the KKK shows up at a march with the masterful "Colfax/Step In Time"; the life of long-ago African-American folk artist and quilter Pecolia Warner on "Pecolia's Star"; and a down-on-their-luck couple called home to see a parent on his death bed with "Trying to Get To Memphis."
Author and Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke biographer Peter Guralnick has said, "Think of John Lee Hooker tied to the hard, imagistic poetry of William Carlos Williams, and you get a little bit of the picture."
Buddy Miller said, "It reminds me of why I love music. I get transported to a beautiful, strange, familiar place. It's where the best music comes from. Deep and soulful."
WHO: Rock & roller and master songwriter Kevin Gordon
WHAT: First NYC concert in 6 years and performance of songs from 'Gloryland'
WHEN: 7pm, January 19, 2011
WHERE: Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1), 196 Allen Street, NYC, 212.477.4155
TICKETS: Free, one drink minimum per set