John Gorka Set for Bridge Street Live 11/15
John Gorka plays a concert in celebration of his 11th studio album, So Dark You See, an collection that takes him back to his traditional folk beginnings. Long heralded as the "preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement" (Rolling Stone), Gorka revisits his early influences and gives old stories a new spin. Evoking the ghosts of his musical heroes, he includes the recorded voice of late folk legend Utah Phillips, along with a beautiful cover of "I Think of You," which Utah himself had asked Gorka to sing. He also covers the blues standard "Trouble in Mind" and Michael Smith's modern classic "The Dutchman." And for the first time in his 20-plus year career, he includes two original instrumental tunes. The tracks embody the future and history of acoustic music -- one features new beats and a contemporary feel and the other is an old-timey banjo number evoking the raw sounds of a vintage field recording.
Gorka's reputation as a world-renowned singer-songwriter has grown over a career spanning over two decades. New Jersey born and now Minnesota based, he's authored a critically acclaimed body of work celebrated in collector's edition box called The Gypsy Life featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD. Windham Hill also released a collection of John's greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House Records label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse.
On So Dark You See, Gorka brings together fellow songwriters Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky and old Red House Records friends Dean Magraw and Peter Ostroushko to recreate the feeling of spontaneity and magic of playing with friends on a festival stage. One of the folk music scene's most engaging, beloved live performers, John and his co-producer Rob Genadek have captured the acoustic energy of his live performances using his voice and guitar as the centerpiece of this album. With this album they've captured the intimate, timeless feel of a classic and enduring folk album for a new generation of folk and roots music fans.
FR 10/25 Piermont, NY - The Turning Point - 8pm
FR 11/1 Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square - TBA
SA 10/26 Chatham, NJ - Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township - TBA
SU 11/3 Hallowell, ME - Slates Resturant - TBA
MO 11/4 Hallowell, ME - Slates Resturant - TBA
SA 11/9 Zumbrota, MN - Crossings at Carnegie - 7:30pm
FR 11/22 Ashland, VA - Ashland Coffee & Tea - TBA
SU 11/24 Roanoke, VA - Kirk Avenue Music Hall - 7:30pm
SU 11/10 Shoreview, MN - Hope Christian Church - 6pm
TH 11/14 Harrisburg, PA - Midtown Scholar Bookstore - TBA
FR 11/15 Collinsville, CT - Bridge Street Live - 8pm
SA 11/16 Titusville, NJ - Unitarian Universalist Church - 7:30pm
SA 11/23 Carrboro, NC- Carrboro Arts Center - 8pm
FR 12/6 Austin,TX - Cactus Cafe - TBA