Tilt And Shine

Although he’s been ensconced in Nashville for a while, Gordon’s Louisiana upbringing has never been far from his music. But on Tilt and Shine, he shifts further into that area’s swampy blues. The opening gritty, Delta-inspired slow, sinewy riff that drives “Fire at the End of the World” could have come off an R.L. Burnside, John Lee Hooker or even an old Creedence Clearwater Revival album. It tells the personal story of how he and his 17-year-old buddy Billy take off for New Orleans looking for things to “tilt and shine,” following some unknowable, perhaps devilish, energy and “shucking the oyster to find the pearl.”
He brings Richards’ rocking Chuck Berry vibe on “Right on Time.” Even if the story of endless one-nighters (“Sometimes I wake up and I don’t know where I am”) is nothing novel, Gordon reinvigorates the concept with sharp lyrics like “Chasing down the next hundred bucks/ Dying for love and praying for luck,” creating an incisive rocker that’s both introspective and universal. On “One Road Out/Angola Rodeo Blues” Gordon hits a tough, simplistic and grimy groove, repeating one chord with the intensity of stripped-down ZZ Top as he sings of prisoners performing in a dangerous rodeo. The sadness of being away from loved ones is behind the acoustic ballad “Rest Your Head” as Gordon’s voice cracks with emotion singing “Hours and frustrations turn into nothing but paper dollars and thin dimes.”
- americansongwriter.com

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Tilt And Shine
Tilt And Shine
CROW 4005
€ 16.90*

1. Fire At The End Of The World
2. Saint On A Chain
3. One Road Out (Angola Rodeo Blues)
4. Gatling Gun
5. Right On Time
6. DeValls Bluff
7. Drunkest Man In Town
8. Rest Your Head
9. Get It Toghether