Beloved folk artist John Gorka is touring for his new/old album, Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know – Nashville, 1985, out now on Red House Records. Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know – Nashville, 1985 contains never-before-heard studio versions of material that would later appear on Gorka’s Red House debut, I Know. Only 25 at the time of these recordings, Gorka had traveled to Nashville, TN to record with producer Jim Rooney (Nanci Griffith, John Prine) at Cowboy Jack Clements’ studio. The sessions featured a full band as well as guest vocals from fellow artists Lucy Kaplansky and Shawn Colvin, also members of the NYC “Fast Folk” scene.
Now, over three decades later, Before Beginning: The UnReleased I Know – Nashville, 1985, is a fascinating document of the road not taken, an alternate musical direction the now well-known singer/songwriter chose to forego.