Release Date:. .January 19th, 2018

Red House Records ..









After 14 critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations with the likes of Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and many more, John Gorka is now releasing TRUE IN TIME, a 12 song collection he put together with long time producer, Rob Genadek.


1. . . True in Time .. listen to 45 seconds
02. . . Nazarene Guitar... listen to one minute
03. .. Arroyo Seco... listen to 45 seconds
04. . .Tatooed ... listen to 45 seconds..
05. . .Mennonite Girl .. listen to 45 seconds
06. .. Crowded Heart .. listen to 45 seconds
07. ...Fallen For You.. listen to 45 seconds
08. ...Cry for Help .. listen to 45 seconds
09. ...The Body Parts Medley... listen to one minute
10.. . Red Eye & Roses..... listen to one minute
11. .. Blues with a Rising Sun.. listen to 45 seconds
12. . .The Ballad of Iris & Pearl.. listen to one minute
13. . .True in Time .. listen to 45 seconds


John Gorka: Composer, Cover Photo, Liner Note, Vocals & Acoustic Guitar

Jonatha Brooke, Eliza Gilkyson, Germaine Brooks, Kathleen Johnson & Lucy Kaplansky: Backing vocals

Tommy Barbarella: Keyboards
J.T. Bates: Drums
Dirk Freymuth: Electric Guitar and Baritone Electric Guitar
Joe Savage: Pedal Steel and National Steel Guitars
Joel Sayles: Upright Bass and Vocals on “The Ballad of Iris & Pearl”
Enrique Toussaint: Electric Bass
Don Richmond and Jim Bradley: Backing vocals on “Arroyo Seco”

Pete Kennedy: Co-Writer Title Track 'True in Time'
Rollie Bible: Photographic Reproduction (B&W photo)
Jon Reischl: Design, Layout

Mark Dann: Engineer
Engineer, Mixing & Producer : Rob Genadek

Recording locations:
- Howlin' Dog Recording, Alamosa, CO
- Mark Dann Studios, NYC, NY
- Studio 45, Austin, TX Studio 5525, Edina, MN
- The Brewhut, Minneapolis, MN
- Uptown Sound Recording, Minneapolis, MN




Iconic singer-songwriter John Gorka will kick off 2018 with a brand new studio album, True In Time, on January 19, 2018. As well as being Gorka's first new studio album since 2014’s Bright Side Of Down, this will be the first Red House album released through the Compass Records Group in Nashville, which acquired the venerable folk/Americana label on November 1st, 2017. Produced by Rob Genadek at Uptown Sound in Minneapolis, it features a band of some of the Twin Cities best musicians in live sessions, with vocal cameos contributed by fellow folk luminaries Jonatha Brooke, Eliza Gilkyson, and Lucy Kaplansky.

True In Time is an engaging, personal album that shows the full range of Gorka’s artistry, exhibiting his spirited acoustic guitar playing, insightful lyrics and wry, witty storytelling. The tracks capture the sound of career musicians (and friends) who understand where Gorka’s music comes from and instinctively knew what to contribute. You can hear the songs lock into place with a spontaneity and vibe that makes you, the listener, feel as if you’ve been invited to sit in. There’s a warmth, both sonically and in the interaction of the players, that makes this one of Gorka’s best, and that’s saying something.

The tracks sound fresh and lived in at the same time. “A lot of the songs on this record remind me of Utah Phillips’ line ‘The past didn't go anywhere’ and Faulkner's ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past,’” says Gorka of the album’s themes. “I wrote the title song with Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys). When Carrie Fisher and her mom, Debbie Reynolds, died within a day of each other I quoted lines from Paul Simon's ‘Mother and Child Reunion’ on Facebook — ‘Oh I would not give you false hope on this strange and mournful day. But a mother and child reunion is only a motion away.’ Pete responded, ‘Maybe all songs come true in time.’ Later he wrote, ‘True in time sounds like a song,’ and we proceeded to write the song long distance via the internet. We collaborated on the title and the lyrics and I came up with the tune,” Gorka says. “I think that ‘What is true?' is a question a lot of us are asking today.”

Both "Arroyo Seco" and “Iris & Pearl” were born at Eliza Gilkyson's Casa de Musica songwriter workshop near Taos, NM. “Iris & Pearl” was inspired by the names of Eliza's two dogs and their spirit. "I think they could have done all those things that they did in the song." says Gorka. “Nazarene Guitar,” inspired by his 20-year-old Martin guitar, was written for his friends at Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse in Bethlehem, PA, where he got his start as a songwriter.

Three are earlier songs previously performed live but never before recorded for an album: “Blues with a Rising Sun,” a song about bluesman Son House and “Red Eye & Roses” were “lost” songs. “Someone sent me a cassette of me singing ‘Rising Sun’ on the Gene Shay radio show in Philadelphia around the time I'd written it, and “Red Eye & Roses” was retrieved by singer Anne Hills a few years ago. “The Body Parts Medley” has long been a frequent request at his live performances.

John Gorka continues to find new insights in the commonplace, beauty in the ordinary, the twist of bitter in the sweet, all delivered with one of the most distinctive folks voices of our time..

The album was recorded “old school” with the musicians all playing together in one place, making up their own parts in the moment or in reaction to the demos he and Genendek had circulated prior to recording. The result is a lively, immediate listening experience certain to find a treasured spot in the collection of long time fans.




John Gorka - True in Time

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-Mennonite Girl
-True in Time
-Bonus Track: Brown shirts

Recorded November 25, 2017 in the Hague for the John Gorka video site.


Album Reviews
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Review by Lee Zimmerman in No Depression 12/2017
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Review by Jeff Burger on website TMR
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Review by Cindy Howes for Folk Alley
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Song review by Kristopher Weiss for Sound Bytes
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Review by Steven Wine in the Washington Post
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John Gorka captures a little magic recording his new album live in the studio

Interview by Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press TwinCities.com
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Review by Jim Hynes for Glyde Magazine
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Review by Peter Lindblad for Elmore Magazine
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Review by Marco Restelli for SoundsHighway (Italy)







A week after the TRUE IN TIME release John Gorka visited Tampa, Florida.
Monday morning January 22, 2018 he did a live performance on "Great Day Tampa Day" on WSTP TV. He played the title song....




radio promotion
  On the same day (Monday January 22, 2018) John went to the radiostudio from WMNF 88.5 FM to play three songs from TRUE IN TIME in "It's the Music Monday" and he talked with host Ted Leo. John played Tattooed , Nazarene Guitar and The Body Parts Medley (19 minutes) Click here for the link



"live promotion"

John Gorka (with band) - Arroyo Seco
Live at Folk Alliance International (Cantina Navarro), The Westin, Kansas City (Missouri), February 16, 2018. Recorded by Barbara Gresham Hammerman. The Band: Mark Dann (Bass), Steve Postell (Guitar) and Radoslav Lorkovic (Accordion)





The story behind the photos


John Gorka made the TRUE IN TIME coverphoto on June 18, 2017 in Taos, New Mexico.

John did a Casa de Musica Songwriter workshop with Eliza Gilkyson, Don Richmond and Cisco Ryder Gilliland.

John wrote on facebook under this photo:
"For the 3rd year in a row Casa de Musica song workshop ended with a rainbow on Sunday evening".


The Black & white TRUE IN TIME photo (the right one) was made March 7, 2017 at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis by Rollie Bible.

John Gorka did a performance with Rose Cousins that evening. John wrote on facebook about this evening: "It was great to hear Rose Cousins and her band last night at The Dakota!"

On March 9, 2017 John did a session for radio Heartland with "the Rose Cousins band". Host Mike Pengra talked with Rose and John and they played a wonderfull version of "Gypsy Life".






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