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4/27/12: Friday rant/radio thanks/and others

After spending five minutes trying to log in to my reverbnation account, so that I could send those of you on the mailing list a message, for which I’m sure you’ve been waiting . . . well, screw it. Why online services such as reverbnation think that complicating things is forward movement, I’ll never know. Our time is more limited than ever, and having to wait  online for more than 30 seconds to get where I need to go ain’t gonna cut it. I know I’m ranting and it’s a beautiful sunny Friday here in my zip code; I should know better. Still . . . argh.

I’m playing the Family Wash tonight, in trio formation with my friends Martin Lynds and Ron Eoff. I imagine we’ll hit around the 9:15-9:30 zone. The cover charge is friendly (read: FREE), though there is a tip hat, and because this is an upstanding local venue, the hat does in fact get passed.  After the high-intensity weekend last week, mileage and schedule-wise, I’m looking forward to just relaxing and having fun playing. If you’re in the neighborhood, hope you’ll stop by and hang with us for a while.

Speaking of the Wash, I’ll be playing Wednesdays in May, with various combinations of players–come on in and have a pint after Bible study lets out . . .

Thanks again to those courageous Americana radio stations for spinning Gloryland–and all those other stations who are playing it, too. Thanks to Leslie Rouffe, my Americana radio promoter, for truly giving it hell with all of her heart. This is a record that defies category; not everybody’s going to play it, this is just a reality–of what I see as a tightening radio format.  I get it–but I remember not so long ago, when the lack of definition/borders was Americana radio’s strength.  And maybe this is symptomatic of the state of terrestrial radio in general–stations facing the same battles for survival as traditional print media. But again, I’m very thankful for the attention and the airplay that Gloryland is getting, especially since the time between records basically made this like starting over. Spinning a song that’s longer than three minutes takes real balls these days . . . apparently. Ha!

This weekend, when you purchase downloads of my records/songs at my bandcamp page (, enter the code “kevgo” and get 15% off your entire purchase!

Gonna turn some dirt over. Gonna plant something. Have a great weekend!

5 Responses to 4/27/12: Friday rant/radio thanks/and others

  1. Heather Lose April 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Hey, I’ve spun Colfax/Step In Time on my show. How’s that for balls? 🙂

    • kevin gordon April 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Thanks, Heather! You are one of many courageous souls who are playing it–“balls” . . . well, yeah, not the best choice of words, though I love Elizabeth Cook’s song on the subject.

  2. Van DeLisle April 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I’d skip Bible class if I could be at the Wash the next four Wednesdays. Damn!

  3. Larry Labow April 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Boy I miss these entries of yours, thank you sir, may I have another? Love the write up in Oxford American magazine. Lots of content for me to forward to so many folks. Happy weekend sir!

  4. Matt Mesa April 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Kevin–just want to say I love the new record. And, to be honest, I’m a new fan. I read a review of “Colfax” on the No Depression website (I think), and that was enough. Bought the record and followed it up soon thereafter with “Down To The Well”. I’d heard “Water or Gasoline” done by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, then found out you wrote it. That was enough for me. Long term fan now.

    A question about your guitar–is it an ES-125? What do you run it through? Just bought one myself, love the sounds you’re getting out of that simple guitar.

    As an aspiring songwriter (see my band’s website above), it’s always nice to have guys like you shining the light. Hey man–when are you coming to Portland, Oregon?



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