I hope it is, for all of us. Apollo is at least very comfortable; he’s asleep next to me here on the sofa; his paws are kicking at the side of my leg while he apparently dreams of running after some unfortunate animal there in the deep woods of his imagination. A few things to talk about here–
GLORYLAND SHIRTS: They’re here! To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Gloryland album’s release, we’ve just reissued the two Gloryland t-shirts originally produced back in 2012, in new colors, sized small to 3X. The designs are printed on a super-comfortable “Bella + Canvas” brand cotton-blend unisex T. The “helicopter” logo T is available in the “charcoal heather” shirt; the “angels” T is in an “oatmeal heather” color. I’ll be adding them to the web store here on the site soon, but you can take a closer look, and grab yourself one (or both!) via my Bandcamp site: https://kevingordon.bandcamp.com/merch
CHICAGO RE-CAP: Despite a lingering sinus infection (“infection” is a little weak: “hex” or “Satanic possession”–more like it), I had a great time playing the 36th Annual FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, with a room stuffed full of folks very much into it, and the band at full throttle. We debuted (and started our set with) a song called “Fire at the End of the World” from the forthcoming new record. I’ll post the set list over on my Facebook music page. Playing this festival is always an uplifting experience; this year was no exception. Thanks always to Bill FitzGerald and family and staff. It is truly an honor.
JULY 4 FREE SPEECH CELEBRATION: Back in Nashville, at the Family Wash on Tuesday, I took part in a special evening of live music celebrating American song and the First Amendment, as a fundraiser for our beloved radio station, WMOT. Honored to be in such hallowed company–host Ken Paulson, Mary Gauthier, Grant-Lee Phillips, Peter Cooper, Bill Lloyd, Kim Richey, and last-minute surprise guest Steve Poltz. Grant-Lee asked me to sit in with him on his version of Jimmy Cliff‘s “The Harder They Come“. The show will be broadcast on WMOT at some point in the future–will keep you posted on that. We were all asked to play a song written by someone else that was “socially conscious”; I started my set with Greg Brown‘s “Freak Flag“, then played a few of my own songs that fit the bill–“Gloryland“, “Promise Road“, “Shotgun Behind the Door“, and “Colfax“.
FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD: On Saturday July 15, I’m thrilled to be traveling with the band up to Shawneetown, IL, to play the High Waters Music & Arts Festival. We’ll go on at 9 pm. On July 27 I’ll play a show with the band at The Joint in North Little Rock, AR, part of the Potluck & Poison Ivy series. NOTE: The previously announced show at the 5 Spot here in Nashville on July 12 is not happening; my apologies for the late nature of this announcement.
More news forthcoming–including updates on the progress of the new recording.
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Have a great weekend!