Company You Keep

Company You Keep

by John GorkaJohn Gorka


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For the most part, Gorka offers low-energy singer/songwriter folk with shades of adult contemporary rock on The Company You Keep. Weary nostalgia dominates his introspective, observational lyrics. Whether it's first person or second person, the material muses over lost chances and making the best of things without offering any easy solutions, with a complacent though not self-satisfied attitude. Matters are livened, slightly, by the Bob Dylan-like organ of "Oh Abraham," and a variety of female harmony vocalists, including Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ani DiFranco. When he kicks out the jams, relatively speaking, for the odd up-tempo tune like the bar-band-rollicking "Joint of No Return," or "Around the House" (which sounds somewhat like Tom Rush does when he decides to rock out), the sudden jolt of octane is downright shocking. "People My Age" and the country-flavored "Hank Senior Moment" flash glimpses of a nasty edge largely absent from the other compositions.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651015123
catalogNumber: 151
Rank: 78569


  1. What Was That
  2. A Saint's Complaint
  3. Oh Abraham
  4. When You Walk In
  5. Shape of the World
  6. Morningside
  7. When I Lost My Faith
  8. Joint of No Return
  9. Let Them In
  10. Over There
  11. Hank Senior Moment
  12. Around the House
  13. Wisheries
  14. People My Age

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Gorka   Primary Artist,Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Patty Larkin   Electric Guitar
Michael Manring   Bass
Kathleen Johnson   Harmony
Peter Ostroushko   Fiddle
Ani DiFranco   Guitar,Harmony
Lucy Kaplansky   Harmony
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Harmony
Richard Dworsky   Organ,Piano
Gordon Johnson   Bass
Dean Magraw   Guitar
Andy Stochansky   Percussion,Drums
Dirk Freymuth   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Gorka   Engineer
Patty Larkin   Remote Recording
Michael Manring   Remote Recording
Heidi Gerber   Remote Recording
Rob Genadek   Engineer
Goatboy   Remote Recording
Fred Harrington   Engineer
Shane T. Keller   Engineer
Tommy Tucker   Engineer

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