New CD – “True in Time” Available Now!

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After 14 critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations with the likes of Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and many more, John Gorka is now releasing TRUE IN TIME, a 12 song collection he put together with long time producer, Rob Genadek.

The result of three days of “musical commotion” with a group of regular collaborators assembled by Genadek, the songs on TRUE IN TIME span a lyrical spectrum from the spirit lives of dogs, to the people of the Taos Pueblo, to the idea that all songs manifest in time.

John says, “I wrote the title track ‘True In Time’ with Pete Kennedy. When Carrie Fisher and her Mom, Debbie Reynolds died within a day of each other I quoted lines from Paul Simon’s ‘Mother & Child Reunion’ song on Facebook—‘Oh I would not give you false hope on this strange and mournful day. But a mother and child reunion is only a motion away.’  Pete responded, ‘Maybe all songs come true in time.’ Later he wrote, ‘True in time sounds like a song’ and we proceeded to write the song long distance via the internet.”

Another special element are two lost songs, “Blues with A Rising Sun” and “Red Eye & Roses” both recovered by fan recordings that John felt found a place with his more recent compositions.

The album was recorded “old school” with the musicians all playing together in one place, making up their own parts in the moment or in reaction to the demos he and Genendek had circulated prior to recording. The result is a lively, immediate listening experience certain to find a treasured spot in the collection of long time fans.


I’ve played in 26 states so far this year with miles to go before I sleep.  My next few shows are in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  The show in Wilmington, DE has special guests Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams who are fellow Red House recording artists.  You may know Larry as a very talented producer as well.  The next night is an Uptown Concerts show in Fulton, MD with my friend Cheryl Wheeler. This will be very big fun!  Sunday I’ll be back at the Spring Gulch Festival.  In the beginning of June I’ll be doing a string of shows in Northern Michigan with my friend Amilia Spicer who has a new CD out entitled “Wow and Flutter”.

I found out recently that my newest/oldest recording Before Beginning won an Indie Acoustic Award as best singer-songwriter record of 2016. What a nice thing to be recognized so long after its conception and recording back in 1985!

I’m aiming to do some recording of new material in the weeks ahead.  I hope to see you out there somewhere!

Newest Oldest JG Recording Now Available

Before Beginnning 1This is the cover of my newest/oldest recording entitled “Before Beginning – The Unreleased I Know, Nashville, 1985” on Red House Records. It was recorded & mixed in 5 days in Nashville in November of 1985 and was produced by Jim Rooney. With a new mix by Rob Genadek 30 years later here in Minnesota I thought it was ready to see the light of day. 9 out the 10 songs here were rerecorded on my debut record “I Know” which was released in September, 1987. Before Beginning was released on July 22, 2016.  You can find out more about how this recording came to be and listen to the tracks by going to
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Pierogi Recipe is Back!

John Gorka’s Family Pierogi Recipe

Pierogi or pierogies are filled dumplings which come from Eastern Europe.

This recipe comes from my father’s side of the family, which is the Polish side. His parents were both born in Poland. The pierogi we are making here feature two different fillings: potato-cheese and sauerkraut & bacon. Prepare the fillings before making the dough. It is the same for both types. Continue reading

A Hello in August

The people who inspire me are the ones who have done more with less, and have gone farther, with more in their way — John G.

“Bright Side of Down”

“Wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine.” — Associated Press

bright_side_of_downRed House Records is proud to announce the March 4, 2014 release of the new studio album by John Gorka, Bright Side of Down. The first release in over four years from the acclaimed songwriter widely regarded as “one of contemporary folk music’s leading talents” (Vintage Guitar), the album’s 12 songs are beautifully produced and sequenced from beginning to end. With guest vocal appearances by Red House labelmates Lucy Kaplansky, Eliza Gilkyson, Claudia Schmidt and Michael Johnson, the collection resonates with the classic, “Gorka-esque” sound and lyrical insight that’s earned him generations of devoted fans and a career that’s found him gracing the stages of PBS’ Austin City Limits, NPR’s Mountain Stage and venues worldwide.

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General Philosphy & 2012 Top Ten

General Philosophy:
High Standards, Low Overhead and Realistic Expectations

Top Ten for 2012 (in no particular order)
1. World did not end on December 21.
2. Safe landing of Mars rover “Curiosity”.
3. Returned to Lithuania for the Tai-Asch Festival’s 10th anniversary.
4. Returned to the Netherlands and played in new places including Rotterdam and Joosland.
5. Traveled with the G# guitar and got first tube amp, a 1970 Fender Bronco.
6. Multiple shows with Red Horse, Antje Duvekot, Rose Cousins, Lynn Miles and Michael Johnson.
7. Judy Collins’ memoir “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes”.
8. Learned that sitting is the worst position for your health — (so I’m writing this lying down).
9. Learned that none of us is alone, having trillions of microbes inside and out.
10. The gospel music documentary “Rejoice and Shout”.
11. 25th anniversary of my first record “I Know”.
12. Started working once again with Rob Genadek on my 12th record.
13. A venue used someone else’s photo on a John Gorka show poster.
14. People keep coming to the shows and I keep having fun.
15. Probable discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle.
16. Other habitable planets may be closer than we thought and hoping Earth remains one.

Red Horse

Hello, here is the cover of the Red Horse project. The painting is by Tom Russell.