Review/Interview: Gary Gorence, by L Hannon

Storytelling on Stage: Gary Gorence on Guitar at The Garage
By Lisa C. Hannon, 2/13/16

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Photo by Chrissi Sumner

Gary Gorence, along with guitar, banjo and harmonica, hit the stage at The Garage Coffee, Music & More on Thursday, Feb. 11, and brought a little Bob Dylan vibe to Fort Stockton, TX.

Billed as Singer/Songwriter/Rock/Blues/Americana, when asked about his take on his style, Gorence simply said, “American music.” It’s a pretty good take on his overall sound. The look was definitely late Beatles, as proved by my son, who leaned over to me during his first song, and said, “He looks like a country John Lennon.” It was a good call.

His first song of the night, “Under Lock & Key,” set the tone for the evening, and his second, “Oak Tree Hangin’” was basically modern outlaw country acoustic, and one of the top three of the session.

Originally from Midland, Gorence has been making music since learning to play the guitar in college. He’s lived in Pecos, N.M., for three decades, and travels “From Telluride to Terlingua,” as he put it, making music across the Southwestern U.S.

The comparison to Dylan was inescapable through most of his original selections, and the last two of the night were the best of the bunch, “Edge of Night,” and “State Line Road,” about one of the many long, long flat stretches of road in the Texas Panhandle.

His CD’s are available through Blues Farm Records, and more information about them can be found on, among other places. He can also be found on Facebook and

Gorence, along with Bryon Garrison, who opened the night, performed in the concert room at The Garage, Coffee, Music & More. At 1110 N. Main Street, in Fort Stockton, Texas, they are a locally owned and operated coffee, determined to bring live music to the area, with pretty much every genre represented. Upcoming events can be found at their website at, call (432) 701-0588, or email them at

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