June 15, 2018
From the Time is Fleeting Department:
The sponsorship campaign for “Tilt and Shine” has been an incredible success. I’m extremely grateful to all of you who’ve participated; more exclusive material will be added to the sponsor page very soon. Remember that the campaign ends TONIGHT, June 15. In my silly video from yesterday I said “midnight central time” for the deadline, but let’s just say: when the bars close, k? Ha. If you haven’t seen the video, I’ll embed it below. Due to my “inner Scorsese”, what was supposed to be a “casual” sorta thing turned into 5+ hours involving very colorful language, offset with, thank goodness: the ability to laugh at myself. I’ll be doing more of this video stuff–if only because I’ll get better at it the more I do it.
I need a haircut. I need an eye exam, and new glasses. A new hat. But it’s been nothing but big ol’ long busy days around the central office here. When at least two friends tell you you need an intern for the sake of your sanity, I suppose I need to heed their wisdom. But at this point, I’m doing it all. Not really in a writing “zone”, so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything–I still think about new songs, and unfinished bits, every day. But right now it’s about the follow-through–serving the music that has already been made–trying to get the new album out there to as many people and places as possible. And in the midst of all the action around the office, good things are happening, hoorah:
1) I, along with my usual band of troublemakers, will be playing NPR’s Mountain Stage on Sunday, July 29! I’m very excited about this–I played it years ago and still have vivid memories. Trouble was, last time, we happened to be playing on SuperBowl Sunday . . . so what would have been a usually crowded theater was, that day, mostly empty chairs without much positive affirmation to offer. But still, knowing that the show was recorded for radio, you had to ACT as if you had 300 people in front of you. Wasn’t much of a problem–doing the show was such a thrill that my adrenaline was peaking anyway. Of course if you can be in Charleston, WV for the show, we’d love to see you. But it will be broadcast at a later date–I’ll fill you in on that when I know more.
2) Rolling Stone recently featured a track, “Saint on a Chain” from the new record, “Tilt and Shine“, as one of their Ten Best Country & Americana Songs of the Week. You can stream the track, and read what they had to say about the song here:
3) Also, “Saint” is now streamable on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/track/74JP4q7Se18j2CxnXiYE6r), and is available for download at iTunes(http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1399273898?ls=1&app=itunes), Apple Music(http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1399273898) and other online digital outlets.
4) We will be making a “real” video for “Saint on a Chain” in the very near future. Details forthcoming. Though I wanted to shoot it in Monroe, LA, budget and schedule have changed that location to right here in Nashville. By the way, we’ll need use of a car that dates to 1980-90, and some people (who need not necessarily date to the early 90s). Things like this are what sponsorship funds make possible.
5) So pleased to be bringing the quartet to two great festivals next weekend: Summerfest in Milwaukee, on Friday, June 29, and FitzGerald’s 37th Annual American Music Festival in Berwyn, IL, on Saturday, June 30. Check festival sites for schedules; this is gonna be fun!
6) Don’t forget our record release show at City Winery Nashville on Friday, July 27! Two of my favorite artists, Ben de la Cour, and Shannon McNally, will play opening solo sets. If you can make it, get your tickets now! (https://citywinery.com/nashville/kevingordon072718.html)
Hope you’re having a great summer! See you soon!
Hallo friends, family, and lurkers,
After a few cups of coffee, a few glasses of wine (not ingested simultaneously), and a few concerned emails from you, the music-loving public, over the last few days, I’ve decided to extend the sponsorship campaign for the new album, Tilt and Shine, through June 15. So, if you’ve been crying in your cornflakes because you missed out on the opportunity to support this new project, get some advance and exclusive content (and “stuff”)–fear not, my fellow calendar-challenged friends: take the short cyber-journey over to http://kg.kevingordon.net/2018-sponsorship-campaign/ and dive right in. Questions? Email me directly at email@example.com and I’ll get right back to you. Existing sponsors–thanks again–and know that I’ll be continuing to add fresh content to the Exclusive Sponsor Page, so check it regularly.
I’ve been in the northeast, doing interviews/recording live performances for various media outlets in advance of the record’s release. Tilt and Shine officially drops on July 27; if you find yourself in Nashville, we’re playing a special record release show that night in the main room at City Winery. We’ll have not one, but two very special guests opening the show, to be announced next week. A big night of music–I hope you can make it and help us celebrate the launch! To purchase advance tickets, here’s a direct link: https://citywinery.com/nashville/kevin-gordon-7-27-18.html
Had a great little run to Louisiana recently; played a few shows around the old homeground up north, including a wild night as a bandmember at my friend Monty Russell‘s son’s wedding reception, sharing the stage with Monty and my old friend and mentor Kenny Bill Stinson. We also got to hear a great set from the bride and groom, Bethany and Josh. And the bride’s dad, Phil Raybourn, sat in on piano and vocals for a while and nailed it! A little too early the next morning I drove down to Lafayette to the SOLO Songwriters Festival, and played a couple of songs at a brunch honoring my late friend David Egan; it was a fundraiser for the Dreamer Fund, which was established in his memory. Made it to the hotel for an hour-long nap afterwards, then it was back to the festival to play my own solo set. It was great to see friends/fans who came all the way from New Orleans and Shreveport to hear me that evening. I was proud to be a part of this festival and truly enjoyed hearing several other singer/song-scribblers that day. Hats off to all the sponsors, production crew, and staff for a job well-done, and to all the folks who came out to hear the music.
Lots of shows coming up in late June and July–as ever, follow me at bandsintown, or just visit the tour page, http://kg.kevingordon.net/tour/ for more details. Here’s where we’re headed:
June 29 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
June 30 FitzGerald’s American Music Festival Berwyn, IL
July 11 Music on the Rock Rockford, IL
July 12 Bar None Springfield, IL
July 13 Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza Columbus, OH
July 14 Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Series Parkersburg, WV
July 15 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH
July 17 Mr. Small’s FunHouse Millvale, PA
July 18 Sportsmen’s Tavern Buffalo, NY
July 19 Abilene Bar & Lounge Rochester, NY
July 20 The Burren Somerville, MA
July 21 Swamp Stomp W. Kingston, RI
July 22 Cafe Nine New Haven, CT
July 23 Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY
July 24 Pearl Street Washington, DC
July 27 City Winery Nashville, TN
I’ve been carrying a few different things in the book bag lately: a signed, numbered edition of Gary Snyder‘s book of poems, “Wave,” published by Windhover Press in Iowa City in 1969 (which likely came from my late father-in-law’s library); I’m also taking another run at Lewis Hyde’s “Common As Air,” and from my wife’s bedside table I just borrowed Tom Perrotta’s 2017 novel, “Mrs. Fletcher.” And though it’s likely not very good for my eyes, when the lights are out and I can’t sleep I often fall back on “The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty,” or Kate Chopin‘s “The Awakening and Selected Short Stories”, which live on my phone. Most recently I’ve been listening to my friend Jeffrey Foucault‘s forthcoming new release, “Blood Brothers,” a fantastic record which happens to feature the one-and-only Bo Ramsey.
Hope to see you and/or yours out there somewhere!
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