Singer/songwriter John Gorka performs Thursday at RAG

John Gorka, one of America’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, will appear at The Roxbury Arts Group on Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m. Gorka began his career when he was a student at Moravian College in eastern Pennsylvania in the ’70s at Godfrey Daniels, a venerable music club. There he encountered folk troubadours like Stan Rogers, Eric Anderson and Tom Paxton.
Soon he was performing his own songs, often as an opener for visiting acts. It wasn’t long before his stunning baritone voice and songwriting talents began turning heads in the New York City and Boston folk circuits. Those who had at one time inspired him had become his peers.
Other performers also discovered his songwriting. More than a score of artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. He has toured with Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among others.
Gorka’s video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network. John also graced the stage of Austin City Limits, appeared on CNN and has been the subject of other national programming.