Gorka annually clocks upwards of 100 shows per year and is a familiar face around the coffee shops and clubs on the East Coast.

When a guy names his son Bocephus Mahatma Sinatra Gorka, you know he’s anything but traditional. Sure, he’s strummed with the best of them, won the prestigious New Folk Award from the Kerrville Folk Festival, and been hailed as a top-notch songwriter, but Gorka has sought to set himself apart from the generic crush.

Known as the “intense white guy from New Jersey,” Gorka found his musical start as a young kid plucking away at the banjo. After moving to Pennsylvania for college, he soon hooked up with the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band. One thing led to another and soon Gorka was a staple at the venerable music institution, Godfrey Daniels coffeehouse.

He eventually landed a record contract with Red House Records before signing with Windham Hill a couple of years later in the late ‘80s. Gorka released his most notable albums with Windham Hill, including Temporary Road and Land Of The Bottom Line.

Gorka’s latest and ninth album, The Company You Keep, was released in 2001 and features guest spots from Lucy Kaplansky, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Larkin, and others – many of the same artists he’s toured with in past years.