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Out of the Valley

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Out of the Valley

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
John Gorka
Producers:
High Street
genre:
Rock

We gave it a B+

John Gorka’s fifth album, Out of the Valley, may boast guests like Mary Chapin-Carpenter and Kathy Mattea, but the show is his all the way. Though not a dynamic vocalist, this Pennsylvania singer-songwriter applies his witty wordplay (“The grapes they go for wine/I did too until I tasted you”) to both the somber (“Bigtime Lonesome”) and the silly (the circus romance “Carnival Knowledge”). The result is a low-key set that recalls Dire Straits’ light electric style and tugs an occasional heartstring. B+