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Kevin Gordon | Tilt & Shine

A Louisiana-born roots-rock raconteur continues his unblemished artistic hot streak.

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Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Irma Thomas, Southside Johnny and plenty of others have covered his songs. Lucinda Williams has recorded a duet with him. Members of the E Street Band have guested on his albums. Clearly, veteran Nashville singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon has been doing something very right. And with his latest studio offering Tilt & Shine, the Louisiana-born roots-rock raconteur continues his unblemished artistic hot streak. Armed with his creaky homegrown drawl and downtuned Gibson, Gordon spins another batch of compelling, detailed, layered and literate tales of drunkards, druggies, saints and sinners against a backdrop of crunchy Americana, smooth southern soul, smoky folk-rock, juke-joint hoodoo, Chuck Berry boogie-rock and whatever else strikes his fancy. Plus he pulls them all off with the same style, taste, subtlety and class as always. Expect to hear plenty more people singing his songs. And his praises.