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Land of the Bottom Line

John Gorka

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Album Review

This is a long record filled with a full range of Gorka's romantic and story songs. He states his case as an outsider forced to meet the mainstream with the title cut and confronts his demons on "Raven in the Storm." More sentimental tracks are "The One That Got Away" and "Love Is Our Cross to Bear." "Mean Streak" is gritty and shows that Gorka can howl when he wants to.

Customer Reviews

The Bottom Line on Mr. Gorka

Bottom Line...John Gorka is magnificent and this album is quintessential John! Tracks like The One That Got Away and Love is Our Cross To Bear are simple gorgeous. Gorka weaves unforgettable tales of the ordinary man and woman in The Sentinel. My favorite tracks include Jailbirds in the Bighouse, Armed With a Broken Heart, I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair, and Land of the Bottom Line. Give these tunes multiple listens and let John take you on a journey. Brilliant!

Just Great

This is a great CD. A masterpiece. If your life is just not working out as planned, these are your songs of consolation. The arrangement is sparse and John Gorka's voice is initially a jolt. I kept listening and he took me to a good place, one of solace. This is not "saccharinated" music. It is a man with his guitar (and he can play) singing his song, his heart out there with a clear message: "Life is full of disappointments (and I am full of life)."


Born: 1958 in Edison, NJ

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer/songwriter famed for his rich, expressive baritone, New Jersey native John Gorka was one of the leading lights of the new folk movement. Gorka began his career while attending college in Pennsylvania in the early '80s, appearing at open-mike nights at a local coffeehouse before eventually forming his own group, the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band. Soon he hit the road, performing up and down the Eastern Seaboard before finally settling in Texas and winning the Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious...
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