Robert Gordon I’m Coming Home
Lanark Records is excited to announce it's release of rockabilly sensation Robert Gordon’s record I’m Coming Home, his first release since 2007. This exciting LP is a leap towards what started it all for the Maryland grown singer and it featuring a dozen all new recordings!.
Showing hues of the classic sound and feel found on his hit records Rock Billy Boogie and Bad Boy, fans can expect to hear the same Robert Gordon that broke the mold of rock & roll and rockabilly. The record was produced by Robert with guitarist, Quentin Jones co producing.
The title track “I’m Coming Home” and “Walk Hard” lead the album. The record also includes 3 new original songs, two written by Dibbs Preston of The Rockats, and one written by Barry Ryan also of the Rockats. Quentin Jones plays guitar, Rob Stoner lends his bass for the album, and Dave Ferrara plays drums. Appearing on two tracks is Marshall Crenshaw (guitar) who also wrote “Walk Hard.” Another guest musician is drummer David Uosikkinen of the mega band the Hooters on two tracks.
From his punk rock days fronting the Tuff Darts, to his days on RCA Records, Gordon has always had music on his mind and in his sights. His new record “I’m Coming Home” lets that shine through on every track. Gordon will be touring worldwide during 2014 to support I’m Coming Home.
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I'm Coming Home
Honky Tonk Man
Low Down Weekend
It's Only Love
Mountain of Love
Under Your Spell Again
Quit this Big Old Town
Cash BoxJuly 17, 2014
I’m Coming Home
Lanark Label 2014
Review by David Bowling
Robert Gordon has been playing his brand of rockabilly for close to four decades. He is a throwback who models his music after such rock and roll icons as Gene Vincent, Jack Scott, Billy Lee Riley, and Eddie Cochran.
Gordon’s last album, It’s Now Or Never, was an Elvis Presley tribute album, with long time musical cohort Chris Spedding. It was brilliant in places but overall had an uneven quality due primarily to some of the song choices. His new release, I’m Coming Home, does not suffer from that problem as he has selected 12 old rock and blues tracks and transformed them into modern day classics.
His basic backing band of guitarist Quinten Jones, bassist Rob Stoner, and drummer Dave Ferrara is a tight and energetic unit. Marshall Crenshaw lends a hand on several tracks, which brings an extra layer of sound to his music. Through it all, his booming baritone dominates the album. It is a voice made for rockabilly and has lost none of its tone and clarity with the passing of time.
Dorsey Burnette’s “It’s Late,” Dale Hawkins “Heaven,” Merle Kilgore’s “Little Pig,” and the old “Little Richard tune “Lucille” are given scintillating performances as he and his band rev up their engines. “Under Your Spell Again” and “Mountain Of Love” continue the forceful attack but a pedal steel guitar and fiddle plus a slower tempo move the tracks in a country direction.
The heart of the album is two old Johnny Horton tunes. The title track is a straight ahead rocker, while “Honky Tonk Man” has a precision that changes the tempo of the album’s flow.
Robert Gordon has been a road warrior for decades who has never given in to the musical trends of the day. I’m Coming Home presents the heart and soul of his music and shows that rockabilly is still alive and well.
No Depression MagazineJuly 01, 2014
Robert Gordon sounds like he just walked out of the 1950s and never bothered to give a damn about anything musically that happened since then. Raucous and rattly, reverb-drenched, Gordon keeps rockabilly alive with his badass baritone.
For his latest, I'm Coming Home, on Lanark records, Robert Gordon still looks and sounds as tough as nails. The photo on the back cover of him slouched against a wall -- black pompadour coiled high, decked out in a black leather jacket, gold chain and cuffed jeans with black Brogans sticking out -- tells you all you need to know about what to expect. Some have tried to slap a neo in front of the rockabilly to describe his style, perhaps because of his forays into punk during his '70s stint with the Tuff Darts --“Slash,” “All For The Love Of Rock and Roll” -- but it doesn't stick. Gordon's voice is as good or better than any of rockabilly's greats.The singer has said he's no nostalgia act, that his sound is a tribute to the ghosts of rockabilly past, putting his own original spin on what he does. That's true, but the ghosts shine through pretty strong on most of his stuff, but that's not a bad thing.
“Walk Hard” sounds like Johnny Cash quoting Billy Jack, baritone badass walking tall and talking tough.
If there are any doubts about his authenticity, check out what he does with Johnny Horton's “Honky Tonk Man,” honkin' along like Hank Williams on a tear.
“Low Down Weekend” feels like Presley outtake covered by Cash backed with a swampy Tony Joe White heartbeat and a bit of honky-tonk pedal steel tossed in for extra flavor.
Gordon's version of Ricky Nelson 's '59 teenage anthem “It's Late,” based on the Everly Brothers '57“Wake up Little Susie,” gallops harder than Nelson's apologetic delivery. Gordon cops to screwin' up, but his attitude is more, “oh well, lets brush ourselves off, deal with it, and git on down the road.”
Gordon fearlessly tackles Johnny Rivers' '64 “Mountain Of Love.” Although he doesn't change a note of the original arrangement, his version is much harder. He's not whining about it, he's just telling you know by Gawd his heart's broke and somebody's gonna pay for it.
Buck Owens' “Under Your Spell Again” is another great makeover. Gordon's harder edged delivery gives the Bakersfield sound an even twangier punch. Skip Krevin's pedal steel work stands up to the lofty standard set by Ralph Mooney on the original.
Nobody has ever come close to outdoing Little Richard on his signature tune “Lucille.” But Gordon does a great job delivering great, loping rockabilly with a melody mash up of Roy Orbison's “Pretty Woman and Dwight Yoakam's “Fast As You” featuring Gordon's Everly Brothers moans on the chorus as opposed to Richard's frenetic squalls.
Rockabilly is still alive and well in Robert Gordon. Accept no substitutes.
— Grant Britt
The Bluegrass Situation
http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/robert-gordon-im-coming-home-album-reviewJuly 07, 2014
It's hard to believe Robert Gordon has recorded only 11 albums since he first blasted out of Bethesda and rattled the rafters with Link Wray back in '77. But it's true: legend though he might be, Gordon has recorded only sporadically over the course of his 30 year career, his last outing being way back in 2007.
I'm Coming Home, his aptly titled return to form that's out now on Lanark Records, reminds us who it was that pierced an arrow through pop music back in late '70s when the charts were polarized by disco on one side of the street and skinny-tie new wave on the other. It also reminds us the heart of rock 'n' roll was born of an organic marriage of gutbucket country and southern blues, heartfelt gospel and humorous folk songs.
Gordon opens the proceedings with a true-to-the-original reading of Johnny Horton's 1957 cut, "I'm Coming Home."
"Get your face all pretty and your hair done right/'Cause we're gonna do the town tonight," sings Horton over a classic hit-the-road Telecaster lick, singing with all the urgency of a man possessed by the need for some love.
Marshall Crenshaw joins Gordon on guitar for two cuts: a reading of Crenshaw's "Walk Hard," with Gordon doing his very best Johnny Cash imitation, and the original "It's Only Love," written by Barry Ryan of The Rockats. Ryan's Rockats comrade Preston Dibbs wrote the other two originals on I'm Coming Home: the lazy B3-and-guitar string twanger "Low Down Weekend" and heavy backbeat groove of "Quit This Big Old Town."
Elsewhere, Gordon digs deep into the archives and delivers a healthy mix of old time rockabilly and country cuts, including a pair from the Dale Hawkins songbook. It's not hard to picture duck tails and poodle skirts swaying on the gymnasium floor as Gordon croons the Hawkins' slow dancer, "Heaven," while a downtown cruise with Wolfman Jack (a la American Graffiti) comes to mind with the humorous "Little Pig." Gordon does yeoman's work on his country choices (Buck Owens' "Under Your Spell Again" and the classic "Honky Tonk Man") and has big fun on a reverb-drenched version of Little Richard's "Lucille."
With contributions from Crenshaw, Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen and producer/guitarist Quentin Jones, it's a forgone conclusion the band would be spot-on. And so is Gordon: his voice is clear and sharp, his energy evident and his performances on the money throughout. There's nothing innovative here and that's what makes it a good record: it's just good old fashioned party music, delivered by people who still believe in the gospel of rock 'n' roll.
The Aquarian WeeklyJune 06, 2014
Robert Gordon is back to rock that rockabilly aesthetic like a real Memphis Elvis. His new CD, I’m Coming Home (Lanark), is his first since 2007. Three of 12 are new originals. The covers are, in a word, sublime: Johnny Horton’s 1956 “Honky Tonk Man,” Dorsey Burnette’s 1959 “It’s Late” and the 1964 Johnny Rivers hit “Mountain Of Love.” With help from two of the Rockats, a Hooter and Marshall Crenshaw, Gordon has morphed into that which he originally emulated: a bona fide tried ‘n’ true valid rockabilly artiste. He might have started as a New York City punk rocker fronting Tuff Darts and knockin’ ‘em dead at CBGBs, but nowadays he’s our Johnny Cash.
InfortyJuly 15, 2014
Gordon sounds like he looks – a genuine rock’n'roller with a rockabilly slant that is influenced from his punk days fronting Tuff Darts. With a good mix of originals and covers, and with some seminal players helping out (members of Hooters), on his first release since 2007 Gordon makes the half hour worthwhile with rowdy country and rebel honky tonkin’, channelling the spirit of Cash and Williams with the rawness
What They're Saying
Elliot Cohen, NY Examiner
~~The NY Examiner
BY ELLIOT STEPHEN COHEN
Last night at Philadelphia’s Tin Angel club, Gordon and his crackerjack band, guitarist-producer Quentin Jones, bass player Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, etc.) and long-time Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen, who also played with Rod Stewart and Alice Cooper, performed a smoking nearly 60 minute set.
The occasion was Gordon’s debuting his new album, “I’m Coming Home.” From it, he performed the Johnny Horton composed title track plus “Harold Dorman’s, “Mountain Of Love,” “Dale Hawkin’s “Little Pig,” and a new song, “It’s Only Love.”
Attired fully in black, the 67-year-old singer was in strong voice, sounding as good as when he hit the scene back in 1977 with his first album, “Robert Gordon With Link Wray.” If anything, age has deepened and warmed his baritone, particularly noticeable on the ballads.
One of the set’s highlights was the very Johnny Cash-sounding “Walk Hard,” co-written by Marshall Crenshaw, the composer of perhaps Gordon’s most successful hit, “Someday, Someway.”
Of course, many old favorites were performed, like “The Fool,” The Way I Walk” and “Fire,” which Bruce Springsteen wrote especially for Gordon.
Near the show’s end, British guitarist Dibbs Preston from The Rockats (an Eddie Cochran look-a-like, if there ever was one) came onstage for “Low Down Weekend,” a song he co-wrote for Gordon’s new CD.
Closing out the show, Gordon was also joined by Reach Around The Rodeo Clowns singer Wendall Jones, for a manic “Rock Billy Boogie” and “It’s Only Make Believe.”
Opening act, singer-songwriter Shane Dodd, performed a brief, enjoyable acoustic set.
Daniel Gelb, July 2014, Philadelphia Weekly
It’s been quite the journey for 67-year-old rockabilly stalwart Robert Gordon, and with the help of some longtime friends, there’s no apparent end in sight to that wild ride. The tireless crooner released his 20th album yesterday, I’m Coming Home—his first solo studio LP since 2007’s King and I—on Lanark Records.
Gordon splashed down on the scene in the late ‘70s during a rejuvenation of the genre, his hits “Rockabilly Boogie,” “Bad Boy” and “Are You Gonna Be The One” catapulting him to a revered standing. His signature baritone bellowed loudly and with confidence, his rough-and-tumble aesthetic jibing effortlessly with fans of the Golden Age of rock-n-roll. “We were all crazy back in the day,” Gordon tells PW, recalling those timeless memories of early roots rock.
The list of artists that the occasional actor has worked with professionally over the years is impressive: Bruce Springsteen, Anton Fig, Paul Shaffer, Chris Spedding, the legendary Link Wray. “Link was one of a kind,” Gordon says of the late, great guitar god. “We were great friends. I actually saw him as a kid when I lived in Bethesda, Maryland and ended up cutting two records with him.” So, what motivates a seasoned vet of his stature to cut another record? “I’ve wanted to get back into the studio,” Gordon admits. “I’ve done tracks for various projects but not an entire album.”
Securing a record deal that would allow the singer’s timeless sound to thrive had been elusive for Gordon in recent times—that is until he rekindled a working relationship with neo-rockabilly guitar player Quentin Jones. “They approached me. I did a record for Jones, who had a little label 20 years ago.” His old colleague now runs Lanark Records in Lancaster with business partner Frank Barrett, and their imprint’s committed to churning out new records with that classic rockabilly sound.
I’m Coming Home features three brand new cuts from Gordon and company, as well as a number of cover versions of classic tunes by Buck Owens, Ricky Nelson and other notables, giving his record a variety of sounds. “I’ve always had favorite tunes I’ve wanted to cut, and these are a couple of them,” Gordon says. “I think there’s a something there for everybody.”
This week, Gordon takes the stage at the Tin Angel for a rare Philly gig to celebrate the release of I’m Coming Home, where he’ll be joined on stage by Jones on guitar, Kenny Aaronson on bass and David Uosikkinen, a founding member of Philly’s own The Hooters, on the skins. “I’ve been away for a while,” says Gordon, “and I’m looking forward to coming back. That’s for sure.”
Mac Thomas 91.3 WVUD
Tuesday, June 24th will mark the release of Rockabilly sensation, Robert Gordon’s 11th album, “I’m Coming Home,” his first release since 2007. This exciting new record, is a leap towards what started it all for the Maryland grown singer, featuring a dozen all new recordings.
Produced by Robert Gordon with guitarist Quentin Jones co-producing for Lanark, ”I’m Coming Home” includes three new original songs, ”Low Down Weekend” and ”Quit This Big Old Town” written by Dibbs Preston of The Rockats and ”Its Only Love” written by Barry Ryan, also of The Rockats. Marshall Crenshaw, who wrote ”Walk Hard,” also plays guitar on two tracks, ”Walk Hard” and ”Its Only Love.” Another guest musician, drummer David Uosikkinen of The Hooters, plays on ”Little Pig” and ”Mountain Of Love.”
“Lanark is excited to release Robert’s new album,”explains co-producer and guitarist Quentin Jones. The songs show hues of the classic sound and feel, found on his hit records, Rock Billy Boogie and Bad Boy. Fans can expect to hear the same Robert Gordon that broke the mold of rock & roll and rockabilly!”
From his punk rock days fronting the Tuff Darts to his days on RCA Records, Robert Gordon has always had music on his mind and in his sights. ”I’m Coming Home” lets that shine through on every track. The CD will be officially released on June 24th. But, is available now at lanarkrecords.net. Gordon will be touring worldwide during 2014 to support ”I’m Coming Home!”
“Robert has worked with some of the industry’s most respected musicians throughout his career,” explains Lanark CEO Frank Barrett. “Bruce Springsteen, Anton Fig, Paul Shaffer, Link Wray, Chris Spedding, Danny Gatton, Eddie Angel and our own Quentin Jones, who also co-produced and played guitar on all of the tracks.”
~~Robert Gordon known by real music fans for his incredible voice and rockabilly music will love this new album. And it's an album!
His voice is better than ever with his rich deep tones and cool vocal and original country style. This album has it all from
rockabilly to country to just plain good old rock and roll. It has the sound and feel of a 60's or 70's record! Great band including
his old bassist Rob Stoner and the great Marshall Crenshaw who wrote a few songs for him on his early albums. Gordon should've
been bigger especially in US but he must have a following for him to be releasing new material. I hope he tours so I can see him
for only the second time! I got to see him in 1979 and Chris Spedding were awesome.
The song It's Only Love with it's Buddy Holly feel should be a BIG HIT! His version
of the classic Mountain of Love is incredible as is the entire album! Buy this NOW!!