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Review: The Gords grab heartstrings during valley debut in Crofton Pub
Which Gord was which?
It didn't really matter during Thursday's singalong show in the Crofton Pub where The Gords delighted fans with prime picking and lovely harmonies.
Many of the night's numbers by guitarists Gord Matthews and Gord Lee Worden, plus bassist Gord Maxwell, were pulled from their debut disc Pick.
It's appropriately named for the veteran songwriters who continue playing with Canadian country legend Ian Tyson.
The Gords' brand of polish with Tyson, and other shiny stars, sparkled during their Crofton debut with drummer Chris Aiken.
The boys honoured Tyson during tender tune Somewhere In The Rubies Tonight, and country-rocker Magpie.
But the Gords seemed in their element playing songs of their own, including Maxwell's (ex-One Horse Blue band member) exquisite Baby Don't Cry, and Hopeless Love.
Matthews (formerly of k.d. lang's band) lent us an incendiary version of his tune Time To Cry, complemented by a Telecaster workout with Worden (Nick Gilder, Barney Bentall), and terrific tearjerker When Dreams Collide.
The modest quartet even performed Worden's wonderful Feel At Home twice, including an encore.
There was also great The Gords' version of lang's cow-punk polka Hanky Panky; and Johnny Cash's Get Rhythm.
The Gords are the type of velvet hammer that leaves fans willingly playing the nail.
Put Pick on your list of must-have albums while waiting for the talent trio's Cowichan reprise.
Country-rock concert rating: 9 frets out of 10.