Friday, April 12, 2013

"JUKE JOINT PROFESSOR EMERITUS" (ROLLING STONE) KEVIN GORDON TO PERFORM AT NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

FULL BAND ROCK & ROLL SET CONFIRMED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 4 AT 5:15PM AT LAGNIAPPE STAGE

LUCINDA WILLIAMS ON GORDON: "SONGS LIKE SHORT STORIES"

Kevin Gordon – the southern rock and roller and poet who is the subject of a NY Times feature -- will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Lagniappe Stage May 4 at 5:15PM. He will also appear on the Interview Satage on May 4 at 2:30PM.

In the Times piece, Lucinda Williams said, "He’s writing songs that are like short stories, and I really like the kind of swampy, bluesy sound."

His latest album 'Gloryland' earned him three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, which said, "The smarts on 'Gloryland' never undercut the roots-rock rush. Dude's a juke-joint professor emeritus."

In the Times, Peter Applebome writes, "'Glorlyand' [is] an often harrowing tour of the back-roads South with scenes of burning churches, a serio-comic brawl after a ZZ Top concert in Shreveport, La., and — most memorably — the time the Klan showed up when his seventh-grade marching band performed about 90 miles from there in Colfax."

Gordon also earned a rave from Oxford American, which said, "'Gloryland' should enhance his already sizable reputation as a poet-songwriter and an impassioned performer."

USA Today's Jerry Shriver wrote, "Four stars… The sheer brilliance of the lyrics to Colfax/Step in Time alone justifies a top rating for the first album in seven years from this Southern-raised poet/rocker. Gordon sketches a not-so-simple portrait of a junior-high marching band on a bus trip, and every single image feels, tastes, smells and sounds absolutely true."

Meanwhile, The Philadelphia Inquirer called 'Gloryland' "unforgettable."

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