Kevin Gordon (from the album Tilt and Shine available on Crowville Media)
The guitar on Tilt and Shine is early morning swamp fog, skimming across the surface of the songs, thick tendrils of weaving musical patterns clinging to the melody as wisps of riffs break free and wander. Chords that reverberate like waves of heat rising in the still of a southern summer and bright notes that sparkle like stars shining above the darkness of open water. In the hands of Kevin Gordon, six strings seemingly gain options, investigating more possibilities as his playing moves from background support to an integral part of the story. A history seen through the eyes of a child, viewing the world at the end of your fingertips with wonder, the tales witnessed in the memory of an older mind. Kevin Gordon peals notes from his guitar to open Till and Shine with “Fire at the End of the World” as he recalls a search that began in school and followed its characters into later life. Tavern lights land on the bar stool stage for “Drunkest Man in Town” while stark strums and beats echo off the walls of “DeValls Bluff” as rolling chords and rhythms churn underneath “Saint on a Chain”, billowing out like the small-town tale it tells.
If the music on Tilt and Shine is the sound of the southlands, the stories are reflections of the life passing by. Growing up in Louisiana, Kevin Gordon never needed to learn acceptance, his experiences were the only normal, which he remembers stating ‘one of the things I like about it, and am mystified by, is that what passes for normal in Louisiana would not make the grade elsewhere’. Guitar and stories, words and music, are one, Kevin Gordon steering the message to a friend in “Get It Together” down a rumbling road of guitar strums as he confidently strides into “Right on Time” with chords slashes picking up the excitement of heading home found in his heart while Tilt and Shine shares an audio snapshot of prisoner rodeo stars on clouds of distorted sonics in “One Road Out (Angola Rodeo Blues”).
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