LUCINDA WILLIAMS: “HE’S WRITING SONGS THAT ARE LIKE SHORT STORIES”
Hailed by The New York Times as "part Muddy Waters and part Carl
Perkins," erudite, swampy southern songwriter Kevin Gordon will release
his new album 'Long Gone Time' on September 4.
His first release since 2012's critically acclaimed 'Gloryland,' 'Long
Gone Time' is half-acoustic and half-electric, bridging Gordon's
introspective, detailed Southern poetry (he has an MFA from the
prestigious University of Iowa Writer's Workshop) with his biting,
boozy, honky-tonk shuffle and swagger. Produced by multi-instrumentalist
and Dove Award-winner Joe McMahan (Mike Farris, Freedy Johnston,
Allison Moorer), it's an intoxicating blend of the intellectual and
visceral delivered with sticky-sweet guitars and barroom piano.
The album opens with "All In The Mystery," a loping come-on loaded with
sexual innuendo like Elvis Costello on a road trip south of the
Mason-Dixon. Rich with visual detail, "GTO" tells the story of his
father's stolen car, while "Letter to Shreveport" is a haunting stream
of consciousness punctuated with ominous slide guitar, and "Walking on
the Levee" evokes the magic and the loneliness of an early-morning trek
along the edge of a memory-filled town still "sleeping off what they
drank at the bar." On "Goodnight Brownie Ford," Gordon poignantly pays
tribute to the rodeo-riding country singer, and the bittersweet "Shotgun
by the Door" paints vivid portrait of lingering racial tension. Later
in the album, Gordon and his crack band morph into rollicking roadhouse
rockers with "Church on Time" before closing out the record with the
subdued, vivid character studies of "Cajun with a K."
Praised by NPR, The NY Times, USA Today, and more, 'Gloryland,' marked
the end of a six-year hiatus for Gordon, whose work has been covered by
everyone from Keith Richards and Levon Helm to Ronnie Hawkins and Todd
Snider. In his illustrious two-and-a-half decade career, Gordon has
shared stages with Snider, John Prine, Leon Russell, Clarence
“Gatemouth” Brown, and the Blind Boys of Alabama among others, played
the storied New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and earned the
respect and admiration of his peers and a slew of musical icons. Lucinda
Williams raved that "he’s writing songs that are like short stories,"
while Buddy Miller said "it reminds me why I love music," and renowned
author and biographer Peter Guralnick described the music as, "John Lee
Hooker tied to the hard, imagistic poetry of William Carlos Williams."
Stay tuned for more information and tour dates to be announced.
'Long Gone Time' Track List (Note That LP Track List Different):
1. All In The Mystery
3. Letter to Shreveport
4. Walking on the Levee
5. Shotgun Behind the Door
7. Goodnight Brownie Ford
9. Church on Time
10. Cajun with a K
11. Following a Sign (CD- and LP-only bonus track)