BY ELLIOT STEPHEN COHEN
Last night at Philadelphia’s Tin Angel club, Gordon and his crackerjack band, guitarist-producer Quentin Jones, bass player Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, etc.) and long-time Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen, who also played with Rod Stewart and Alice Cooper, performed a smoking nearly 60 minute set.
The occasion was Gordon’s debuting his new album, “I’m Coming Home.” From it, he performed the Johnny Horton composed title track plus “Harold Dorman’s, “Mountain Of Love,” “Dale Hawkin’s “Little Pig,” and a new song, “It’s Only Love.”
Attired fully in black, the 67-year-old singer was in strong voice, sounding as good as when he hit the scene back in 1977 with his first album, “Robert Gordon With Link Wray.” If anything, age has deepened and warmed his baritone, particularly noticeable on the ballads.
One of the set’s highlights was the very Johnny Cash-sounding “Walk Hard,” co-written by Marshall Crenshaw, the composer of perhaps Gordon’s most successful hit, “Someday, Someway.”
Of course, many old favorites were performed, like “The Fool,” The Way I Walk” and “Fire,” which Bruce Springsteen wrote especially for Gordon.
Near the show’s end, British guitarist Dibbs Preston from The Rockats (an Eddie Cochran look-a-like, if there ever was one) came onstage for “Low Down Weekend,” a song he co-wrote for Gordon’s new CD.
Closing out the show, Gordon was also joined by Reach Around The Rodeo Clowns singer Wendall Jones, for a manic “Rock Billy Boogie” and “It’s Only Make Believe.”
Opening act, singer-songwriter Shane Dodd, performed a brief, enjoyable acoustic set.