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John Gorka presents Rose Cousins
- Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017
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Rose Cousins Media
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About Rose Cousins
A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark celebrated her Boston community and featured a cast of musicians Cousins had known and played music with for a decade. It won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine. Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“a voice like Carly Simon and a vibe like The Dixie Chicks” -Oprah Magazine
“excellent balance of despair and hope” -WFUV New York
“haunting and beautiful” -WXPN Philadelphia
“An irresistible find.” -Maverick Magazine UK
About John Gorka
John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Godfrey Daniels is one of the region’s oldest and most venerable music institutions, long a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians, and found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Before long John was performing his own songs, and traveled to New York, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.
In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. John signed with High Street Records in 1989, recording five albums over the next seven years. His albums and touring brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe with tours in Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also toured with many notable friends, including Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter. His video for “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.
In 1998 John returned to his musical roots at Red House Records. The 1998 release After Yesterday marked a decidedly different musical attitude for John, and his next release The Company You Keep held fast to his tradition of fine songwriting. Old Futures Gone was informed by his life as husband and father of two young children, and also contained the experience of many years on the road. Writing in the Margins followed in 2006 and was an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spanned many musical genres—folk, pop, country and soul—and featured guest vocalists Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock. Gorka’s 11th studio album, 2009’s So Dark You See, is his most compelling and traditional album to date.
In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a DVD and companion CD, The Gypsy Life. Many well-known artists have recorded and performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and etown.
John Gorka lives in Minnesota and continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.