Kevin Gordon released this EP as a sampler of his work on Noisetrade.com. I discovered it only recently. On his page on Noisetrade you can find the following quote from Lucinda Williams: "He's writing songs that are like short stories, and I really like the kind of swampy, bluesy sound". Who am I to disagree.
|K. Gordon (credit:David Wilds)|
My knowledge of this genre starts somewhere with Creedence Clearwater Revival. Kevin Gordon has that typical John Fogerty playing down. Those deceptively simple sounding songs with three chords at most, until one starts playing them themselves. There are hints of Texas blues rockers of all ages, Chuck Prophet as mentioned and the country rock side of The Rolling Stones. It's all in there on Tangle the Blue Sky. Kevin Gordon has all these different sorts of music on his EP and manages a ballad as well. 'Trying to Get To Memphis' is a beautiful ballad with some nice lead notes on the guitar. Clear sounding with a little reverb on it.
|K. Gordon (credit:Jim Herrington)|
It all ends with the pleasantly up-tempo rocking 'One I Love'. Another glimpse of the many sounds Gordon is able to create. The song reminded me of the better work of John Hiatt and that's intended as a compliment.
Tangle the Blue Sky is a great sampler of what Kevin Gordon can do and ought to make fans of this kind of music curious for his body of work. It sure worked as far as I'm concerned. Since 1998 Kevin Gordon released 5 records. They can all be found on the link below. The only thing that is hard to conclude from this sampler is where Kevin Gordon stands today. On Twitter he's announced a new album in September, so we can find out soon.
You can download Tangle the Blue Sky here:
or buy Kevin Gordon's records on his website: