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Music Review

Gordon brings the places of his past to Lizard Lounge

Wednesday night, Kevin Gordon introduced the final song of his set (not counting the obligatory encore, of course), with a warning of sorts. It was, he said, a song that had its origins in the Louisiana where he grew up, a story from his youth (he was 13 at the time), and it was long — “a long song but a short movie,” as he jokingly put it.

What followed was “Colfax/Step In Time,” from his latest record, “Gloryland,” one of the most remarkable of the many remarkable songs that Gordon has written. It’s a story-song that manages to combine a self-deprecating look back at the juvenile delinquency, raging hormones, and other foibles of the high school male with the sudden entrance of a racial situation that vibrates with danger. And it was, no joke, of cinematic proportions.

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