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Greetings Dear Reader and Listener,
It's already snowed here a couple of times with more on the way tonight, but I still believe we will have Autumn here in Minnesota. That's kind of an optimistic statement for me, maybe because it's early and the caffeine is still at its most effective stage. Anyway, the new cd, "so dark you see" is officially out there. I've been selling them at shows for the past couple of weekends but now it's available in stores and online. From what I'm told you can find them at Barnes & Noble and the finest nonvirtual record stores. Maybe there is one near you. Online, Amazon.com has the best price I've seen. Redhouserecords.com has them for a little more but they also have "Writing in the Margins" on sale for $5.00! That's less than they charge me for the ones I sell at shows! I'll see if they will let me in on that price.
I'm glad to be working with Red House on this one though as they are one of the best independent labels out there.
You might see a logo on the back of the cd for Blue Chalk Records. That is my modest little imprint. I'm hoping to be able to put out new recordings under that label in a downloadable or physical form. More than likely, things that wouldn't fit on the full length "records" I do with Red House. The whole world of record labels and record stores has changed so much since I got started... (I started to ramble here so I went back and took most of that out.) In any case, I hope it won't be 3 years until the next one.
PS -- The jukebox is working again on my site. It just doesn't come on automatically anymore. You have to click on it...
again is the cover of the cd. It's from a painting by the multitalented
Pirozzoli. There are 15 tunes on the record. For the first time
there are 2 instrumentals: One guitar instrumental in DADGAD tuning
Freymuth on electric guitar and Michael
Manring on bass. The banjo piece is on fretless
banjo and is just me.
Gorka "so dark you see"
John Gorka stopped by the Radio Heartland studio (November 4, 2009) to play some songs from his latest release. John played a new instrumental on the banjo and had a nice conversation with Dale Connelly from MPR about the CD "so dark you see".
Songs performed: "I Think of You," "Where No Monuments Stand" and "Ignorance And Privilege" ..........(Click here to support MPR)
here for the article English through Song: John Gorka (about
"Ignorance & Privilege")
No Monument Stands” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every
War Has Two Losers. This film tells the story of how one man, William
Stafford (1914-1993), choose to answer the call to war. It is a story
of confronting beliefs that swirl around war - Isn't war inevitable?
Even necessary? What about the enemy? Stafford refused to fight in
World War Two and served four years in camps for conscientious objectors.
here for more info.
The first (dutch) review... altcountryforum
site.. (October 22,
review (september 15, 2009)
three covers on the new CD....
the new CD "so dark you see" John Gorka will play three songs
from other artists. Joshua,
aka Boyhowdy made a nice blog about the covers you can read it here.
Gorka told about it in the John
Gorka videosite interview (may 31, 2009). Here are the original
versions of track 7, 12, 13 and:
Click here to listen to
"I Think of You" by Utah Phillips (1935-2008)
vocals: Rosalie Sorrels
CD "Starlight On The Rails - A Songbook "
Record Label: Daemon Records (2005)
"I Think Of You" I ought to mention about song-
writing generally, and especially writing songs like
this: very often you write a song as a matter of
housecleaning, sweeping your head out, throwing
out the garbage. You walk up to a cliff and take this garbage and drop it off. You never want to see it again. When someone in the audience asks you to sing one of those songs, it's like walking up to you and handing you a bag of garbage and asking if it belongs to you. Not that I necessarily feel that way about "If I Could Be the Rain" or "I Think of You''. They're just difficult songs for me to sing. I started writing "I Think of You" in Korea in 1958, and I finished it in 1960. 1 wrote it for my first wife.
............. .UTAH PHILLIPS
John Gorka & Bruce Utah Phillips at
Godfrey Daniels in 1994. >
"Trouble In Mind" by Richard M. Jones (1892-1945)
CD: "Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1927-1944)"
Richard Myknee Jones was from a
musical family in New Orleans and
played a variety of instruments before
making the piano his main instrument.
played in Armand
Piron's Olympia Orchestra
and led his own band
The Four Hot Hounds
which included Sugar Johnny Smith and occasionally King Oliver. During
World War One he played with Papa Celestin. He left New Orleans in 1919
and moved to Chicago where he set up the Chicago branch of Clarence Williams
publishing company and music store. He played in bands in Chicago during
the 1920s, but his main gig was as manager of Okeh records race records
division. He led his own studio band called Richard M. Jones' Jazz Wizards
and accompanied a great number of singers and bands on piano. He continued
to be active in music until his death both as a musician and talent scout.
Jones is best remembered today as the composer of such Jazz standards
as "Trouble In Mind" and "Riverside Blues".
Dutchman" by Michael Smith .........>