Down to the Well

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Nothing could be more appropriate than Lucinda Williams singing a duet with Kevin Gordon on the title track of the latter's gripping second album. Gordon's shopworn voice feels like car tracks on a gravel road and promises an appropriately bumpy ride that his lyrics deliver in spades. Echoes of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Steve Earle resound, sometimes all in the same song, as on the steamy, blues-inflected "Time for the Sun to Rise," one of only two covers amidst the album's otherwise Gordon-penned tracks. "Jimmy Reed is the King of Rock n' Roll" uses the eponymous blues icon to suggest a larger truth about a life more glamorous on the surface than ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Nothing could be more appropriate than Lucinda Williams singing a duet with Kevin Gordon on the title track of the latter's gripping second album. Gordon's shopworn voice feels like car tracks on a gravel road and promises an appropriately bumpy ride that his lyrics deliver in spades. Echoes of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Steve Earle resound, sometimes all in the same song, as on the steamy, blues-inflected "Time for the Sun to Rise," one of only two covers amidst the album's otherwise Gordon-penned tracks. "Jimmy Reed is the King of Rock n' Roll" uses the eponymous blues icon to suggest a larger truth about a life more glamorous on the surface than in everyday reality. Gordon has a poet's eye for hardscrabble scenarios and has much to say about rootless individuals who feel out of sync with their surroundings. In his songs, grace seems elusive until one realizes that it's there in the struggles the artist observes. The very act of surviving is a path to salvation, especially when all others are closed off. Down to the Well is a sometimes unsettling odyssey through some tough emotional terrain, but one well worth taking.
All Music Guide - Campbell
Kevin Gordon has earned the reputation as a storytelling leader in the alternative country roots scene. His second release Down to the Well delivers a mixed set of Americana songwriting with his musical roots steeped in Louisiana swamp pop, rockabilly, and honky tonk. Gordon's second full-length CD on Shanachie is produced by the like-minded Bo Ramsey who also produced singer/songwriter Greg Brown.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2000
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351604927
  • Catalog Number: 6049
  • Sales rank: 114,021

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Gordon Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jim DeMain Recorder
Paul Griffith Drums
Kevin McKendree Organ
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Engineer
Kevin Gordon Arranger, Producer
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