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Folk artist John Gorka's Plays the Towne Crier Cafe July 14th in Beacon

Beloved folk artist John Gorka is touring in support of his new/old album, Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985, out now on Red House Records. Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985 contains never-before-heard studio versions of material that would later appear on Gorka’s Red House debut, I KnowOnly 25 at the time of these recordings, Gorka had traveled to Nashville to record with producer Jim Rooney (Nanci Griffith, John Prine) at Cowboy Jack Clements’ studio. The sessions featured a full band as well as guest vocals from fellow artists Lucy Kaplansky and Shawn Colvin, also members of the NYC “Fast Folk” scene. 

“Superb songwriting . . .warm, intimate, yet texturally intricate.” — Vintage Guitar

Now, three decades later, Before Beginning: The UnReleased I Know - Nashville, 1985, is a fascinating document of the road not taken, an alternate musical direction the now well-known singer/songwriter chose to forego. Call your friends and make plans to see John Gorka, a real folk legend, play live on Friday, July 14 at Beacon’s Towne Crier Cafe 379 Main Street; , NY 12508

“Jim Rooney’s production adds ribbons of pure-toned electric guitar and arching alto saxophone in an amalgam of neo-traditional country and E Street Band-style rock. It’s crowded, but the production sells the songs.” — Acoustic Guitar

Listen to the alternate “I Know” here: https://soundcloud.com/red-house-records/i-know

Hear John and his band in concert at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $25; call (845) 855-1300; or visit townecrier.com/

Hear John sing “I saw a Stranger with Your Hair”, recorded February 8, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands:


Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know - Nashville, 1985 was recorded spontaneously with a full band, all in one room, over in five days. After the sessions, John decided to go a different direction and the tapes were never released. The original multitrack tapes went from Nashville to Easton to New York City to Bethlehem, on to Ann Arbor and finally arrived at John’s home in Minnesota a few years ago. In the fall of 2014, he took them out of storage to see if they would still play. 

These songs were the genesis for I Know, which is still considered by many to be his best album. These arrangements offer even more affirmation.” — Elmore

"I brought them to Rob Genadek at The Brewhouse Recording Studio in Minneapolis to listen and we enjoyed what we heard. I thought that others might too, even those people who were familiar with I Know. It had different arrangements and a different energy as I was singing and playing live with the band. Genadek “baked” the tapes with a hair dryer so that magnetic particles would not flake off and they were able to transfer the analog tapes to the digital world. 

Hear the Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: John Gorka - "Outnumbered"

In the decades since, Gorka has become a pillar of the folk music community, with 13 albums and  with appearances on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, eTown, CNN and more. Many artists have recorded and/or performed his songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell.

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe. Beat the Towne Crier in Beacon on July 14th  to hear this legendary musician live in concert!

 “These incisive compositions are fully formed and memorable; the acoustic arrangements are strong, and so is Gorka’s baritone.” — The Morton Report







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