MILLHEIM — While other kids his age were tuning into cartoons, Kevin Gordon tuned to music, an experience that enthralled the youngster and set him dancing.
It was not an uncommon sight to spot the pajama-clad Gordon dancing next to the stereo console when his parents threw a party and would spin Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles records.
Music made him happy.
Today, the Nashville resident continues to be enthralled with music but now the crooner, often called the singing poet laureate of the south, enjoys making other people happy with his trademark rock n’ roll that’s seasoned with a heavy dose of rhythm to give it such a kick even Ray Charles would approve.
How good is his music?
Not only is Rolling Stone’s rocker Keith Richards a fan, he also recorded one of Gordon’s original tunes.
On Saturday, Gordon, along with two other music makers, will descend upon the Elk Creek Café in Millheim for a night of songs and suds.
“There’s no slight-of-hand, smoke-and-mirrors, card tricks, or mud wrestling. It’s just about the music. An unpretentious, energetic delivery of my songs,” Gordon said. “We have fun. Folks who come out to the shows tend to dance.”
Although the guitar is his musical weapon of choice, Gordon became high stung with the stringed instrument when the 18-year-old joined a punk rock band and started performing publicly. In 1988 he started performing professionally.
Over the years his music evolved from the crude punker style to that of a talented musician with a passion for words and song.
“Being someone who doesn’t pay much heed to categories, it’s always been hard to me to sum up my music in a nice, tight, elevator-pitch sort of way,” he said. “That said, I suppose what I’m doing is roots-based rock and roll, heavily rhythmic music, influenced by John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, et al., with a lot of attention paid to lyric content.”