about John Gorka on the Minesota Original site:
Folk musician and family man, singer/songwriter John Gorka utilizes
a rare knack for storytelling to envelope listeners, transporting
them to new realities through vivid attention to place and time.
Gorka was gifted his first guitar at the age of ten, only to
have it pirated away by his older brother, forever cementing
his drive to write his own music and take refuge in his songs.
Born in New Jersey and married into Minnesota home life for
20 years, he proudly attests that his career and family life
make the other possible. Gorka is a nationally recognized folk
competition winner and scene-stealer, having written some of
the most preeminent music of the New Folk Movement. To him,
folk is about more than entertainment. To Gorka, folk songs
serve a much deeper purpose to enrich and redefine public discourse
and personal growth.