Ralph’s Reviews: Gordon Thomas Ward – Providence
This is more of an album “preview” than an album review. Gordon Thomas Ward has been sharing stories through song for many years, throughout the Valley and beyond.
When I listen to Gordon, it takes me back to classic stories, like Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” or Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne.” In true storyteller fashion, Gordon weaves a tale of a 600-year-old tree that had to be taken down in “Trees,” and the men who fought in World War I in “The Boys of 17.” His song “How Many More” is a protest song against gun violence and received national attention for his performance during the Concert Across America, which he co-produced.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Gordon perform “Trees” and “How Many More” on more than one occasion at the legendary Godfrey Daniels. His live performances are every bit as captivating as you would expect. His music, his voice, and his unique style will draw you in, and his storylines will hold your attention throughout. If you have the opportunity to attend one of his shows, please do. You won’t be disappointed.
Gordon’s new album, “Providence,” is scheduled to be released on September 1, 2018, and you can get a taste of what is sure to be a great compilation of musical tales with the three singles I’ve previewed here. All three are available for download now at his website, gordonthomasward.com, and I highly recommend giving them a listen. His previous release, “Welcome to the Past” is available there, as well as below.