GORDON TO PERFORM FIRST NYC SHOW IN 6 YEARS AT ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL JAN 19
A ZZ Top show in Shreveport, Louisiana led to an altercation in a McDonald's parking lot afterwards and a young Kevin Gordon was there to witness it. Gordon – now a master songwriter who has been covered by Levon Helm and Keith Richards – has documented the event in the sardonic "Bus To Shreveport" from his first album in seven year 'Gloryland' (February 14 / Crowville Media).
Musically influenced by 'Highway 61 Revisited'-era Bob Dylan's, the song starts off with nervous excitement as a 12-year old Gordon headed with his young uncle Randy and his uncle's friend Hank to see the Houston band at "the worst sounding arena in the whole United States" and offered wine and marijuana for the first time (he takes the former but rejects the latter). "And the little band from Texas played it loud and like they should."
"I remember for some reason that they did the Howlin' Wolf song Little Red Rooster that night," he says, citing one of his own musical influences, continuing, "Billy Gibbons is one of my favorite guitar players, and yeah, I'm a fan."
At "a McDonald’s packed with late night refugees," a gang of boys pick a fight with Hank until Randy pulls a gun while Gordon crouched. Gordon recalls, "I remember it as one of those 'time-stopped' moments -- like what happens when you're in a car wreck -- everything slows down." He captures the moment vividly:
"Randy tried to talk to them
With reason and common sense
It was about like a de-clawed cat
Trying to climb a razor-wire fence
Blood sprayed over the white hood
Hank was passing out
Randy pushed me back in the car, said
Don’t look up, don’t get out
He reached down under the seat,
Pulled a black pistol out of the dark
Said 'don’t you tell nobody,
Don’t you ever say a word'
Randy laid that .38
Across the roof of the car
Said 'everybody better get back,
and let my man go'
I was crouched down on the floorboard,
Low as I could pray
Seen a empty beer can under the seat
And a book on the KKK"
"Can't wait 'til my dad and uncle hear this one," Gordon laughs.
Gordon will perform his first NYC show in six years at Rockwood Music Hall on January 19.