John Gorka is an astonishingly gifted American Folk singer whose lyrics are witty, clever, sad, uplifting and wise.
Songs like Houses in The Fields dealing with farmers having to sell their farms to housing developers because the are bankrupt is a great example of his craft.
His songs can be intensely personal and you get the impression that here is a singer that communicates with a great integrity.
As an introduction, his best work is on the Red House Record label. The Company You Keep is my favourite amongst these. This album displays all of Gorka’s skills as a lyricist. A Saint’s Complaint, Over There, Let Them In and Oh Abraham being to me, some the best songs he has written.