December 24, 2018....
Gorka's Timeless Truths
John Gorka is the epitome of the eternal folk troubadour. His
heartfelt narratives are delivered with a furrowed brow and the
essential emotion that reflects his commitment and conviction.
After developing his craft as part of New York’s so-called Fast
Folk movement, he’s been diligently plying his craft for the past
30 years, navigating a live circuit that’s brought him to both
coffee houses and theaters and all manner of intimate venues in-between,
attracting a devoted audience along the way. Over the course of
his 14 albums, he’s never strayed from that singular vision, and
in staying true to his muse, he’s refused to bow to commercial
alludes to that purist approach in the liner notes that accompany
his latest effort, True in Time, a case study in unfettered song
craft which finds method and melody playing out hand in glove.
Gorka describes the way the songs came together organically as
he and the musicians etched the original arrangements. That deft
touch proves especially effective. Songs such as “Mennonite Girl,”
“Crowded Heart” and “Fallen For You” rely simply on their memorable
refrains to ensure an instant connection. Ultimately, they’re
among the best examples of Gorka’s affecting embrace.