April 26, 2008
Center for the Arts
In 1987, Red House Records caught wind of John's talents and released his first album, "I Know", to popular and critical acclaim. John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill's Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label's imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: "Land of the Bottom Line," "Jack's Crows," "Temporary Road," "Out of the Valley," and "Between Five and Seven." His albums and touring (over 150 nights a year) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.
Other performers also discovered his songwriting. His material is championed by many; to date, more than a score of artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends -- Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them.
All this has brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single "When She Kisses Me" found a long-term rotation on VH-1's "Current Country," as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network. John also graced the stage of Austin City Limits, appeared on CNN, and has been the subject of other national programming.
Rolling Stone called Gorka, "The preeminent male singer/songwriter of the new folk movement." The New York Times says, "Listening to John Gorka sing, one can get goose-bumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone voice and his twisted humor."
Tickets: $20, Seniors $16, Students with ID or Children under 14 FREE
Show Starts at 8:00pm. Wine, Beer and Desserts at 7:00pm
Tickets can be purchased online at www.center4art.org, by calling toll free (877)749-ARTS(2787), or at the door.