Kevin Gordon is one of the best alternative country singer-songwriters working in Nashville today. The Northern Louisiana native constructs vivid narratives of life along the Mississippi River corridor. Gordon’s debut Cadillac Jack’s #1 Son is a diverse tour de force that explores many of the genres that have shaped and enriched country music—honky tonk, rockabilly, swamp boogie, and blues. “Fast Train” is a rip-roaring, good old-fashioned rock and roll song, while “Looking for the Killerman” is an all-out Jerry Lee Lewis-style song that describes Gordon’s trek through Memphis to find Lewis’ home. “Pauline,” the story of a young girl growing up, shows Gordon equally adept at penning poignant ballads. The best country music paints a picture of people’s lives in a direct and compelling fashion. For fans of great story-telling country music like Guy Clark and Steve Earle, this album is not to be missed.
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