John Gorka – The Gypsy Life


John Gorka writes, plays and performs his own unique style of “new folk” music. His songs are clever, emotional, thoughtful, and funny.


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John Gorka is one of my favorite artists. His songs are memorable, meaningful and introspective. And his rich, natural baritone is completely captivating. His career spans over 30 years since his early days playing in college through his 10 albums for Red House Records and Windham Hill. He even had a number of country hits and some music videos on CMT. But I don’t think of his music as country — more folk. I’ve collected almost all of his recordings after being hooked by Land of the Bottom Line on a recommendation from my brother-in-law. But the sound of his CD recordings don’t do justice to the magic of his resonant voice and his sincere approach to songs. This HD-Audio/Video Blu-ray disc brings this artist and a few of his musician friends into your home theater to perform a private concert — just for you.

This award-winning AIX Records release was recently reviewed in the oldest audiophile publication in the UK and celebrated as the “Choice of the Month”. There is also a double disc DVD Collectors Edition version with more extensive bonus features for true John Gorka fans.

His bandmates include standout artists such as bass virtuoso Michael Manring, NPR featured artist Susan Werner and Amelia K. Spicer. John’s college friend and fellow musician Russ Rentler [who makes his living as a doctor] joins John on mandolin for this special occasion. This disc was shot using HD video equipment and is compatible with all blu-ray players. However, the HD-Audio, which is encoded in Dolby TrueHD cannot be played back on a Sony PS3. The legacy audio will play instead.

Audio Samples:

  1. Branching Out –
  2. I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair –
  3. Let Them In –
  4. Mean Streak –
  5. Flying Red Horse –
  6. Snow Don’t Fall –
  7. When She Kisses Me –
  8. Mercy Of The Wheels –
  9. I’m From New Jersey –
  10. Italian Girls –
  11. Writing In The Margins –
  12. Houses In The Fields –
  13. Love Is Our Cross To Bear –
  14. Land Of The Bottom Line –
  15. Always –
  16. Road Of Good Intentions –
  17. Blue Chalk –
  18. Lightning’s Blues –
  19. The Gypsy Life –

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 7.5 × 6 × 0.5 in


3 reviews for John Gorka – The Gypsy Life

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    “I am blown away by the clarity of this recording! Surely the richest, most enjoyable audio experience since the first time I watched Hell Freezes Over by the Eagles in DTS.”


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    “I just got this DVD today — GREAT!! I would recommend that any John Gorka fan get this DVD – it has all of his best songs – and wonderful arrangements, with mandolin, bass, piano and great harmonies. You’ve come a long way John — it’s so good to see your success! You certainly deserve it.”


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    Imagine receiving and reviewing a music release that is truly unique in every way…a music release that is the perfect combination of wonderful artistry and cutting-edge technical innovation. Thanks to enterprising, award-winning AIX Records and singer/songwriter John Gorka, The Gypsy Life double DVD set is a private performance that brings John and his amazing ensemble to your home through the magic of an immersive surround music mix.

    Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season is this very special AIX Collector’s Edition from one of our most beloved and talented contemporary singer/songwriters John Gorka.

    Comprised of two discs, deluxe packaging and hours of newly recorded HD Audio/Video, producer and label AIX Records has created the perfect product for the dedicated music enthusiast and John Gorka fan. This collection contains a two-hour “PBS style” documentary, live concert footage from the famed McCabe’s folk club, rehearsals and interviews, a complete discography, interactive features and a one of a kind personal house concert experience – it’s a fan’s complete scrapbook of John’s distinguished career since his emergence in the Fast Folk Movement of the late eighties. I’ve been involved off and on with John’s career since his 1992 release Temporary Road and I can say without hesitation that this is the first time I’ve heard a recording that captures the depth and resonance of John’s unmistakable baritone and his melodic sensibilities.

    Music industry exec and former president of Capitol Records Hale Milgram says, “I love this new John Gorka DVD set. If you like to sit front row center you can’t buy a more intimate experience with better sound than “The Gypsy Life”. This is one of my favorite DVDs. I can’t wait to turn my friends on to it!”

    You can play the music at the ultimate fidelity level in surround or play the CD side in your car or portable device. In addition to showcasing John’s 20-year plus career from his college days in the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band to his standing as one of acoustic music’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, The Gypsy Life is an incredible audio/video experience for anyone who enjoys the intimacy and connection with a great artist.

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