And the lyrical content is where the crooner earned the moniker of a singing poet laureate since his original music weaves together lyrics that echo of life’s good times and times that were not so good.
His music has the raw power to connect individuals while at other times get them dancing,
“Since I’m a songwriter, live shows are primarily made up of my own material, though occasionally during a longer show I’ll throw a cover in, usually by a bedrock influence, like Slim Harpo, Hank Williams, or Tom Waits,” he said.
So what’s it like for this humble music maker to have one of his original tunes recorded by some of rock and roll’s most iconic musicians? Gordon is still trying to fathom the idea.
“Having my songs recorded by musicians like Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Levon Helm of The Band, and others, is still slightly unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve never had a hit, but the artists who’ve covered my songs are artists I hold a lot of reverence for, like Irma Thomas, Ronnie Hawkins, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, and others.”
In addition to penning songs for noted players, life as a traveling musician provides a wealth of material for Gordon’s original songs in addition to experience some great and not so great experiences of making a living from music.
“I had a great show with my band recently at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is always a fine time, and being a Louisiana native, it’s always an honor to play that festival,” he said. “The downside of this, well, usually things go well on the road but there is the occasional crisis: I had my band vehicle stolen once, had food poisoning, flight delay and equipment failure.”