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Veteran musicians find three Gords are better than one
The three musicians who make up the band The Gords have much more in common than their names.
Gord Maxwell, Gord Matthews and Gordon Lee Worden are veteran sidemen/session musicians with a number of noted Canadian acts
They have joined forces as an adult contemporary/soft rock trio combining a natural vocal harmony blend, two standout guitar players and a driving bass player.
The Gords are making to the valley for two dates next week: Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Lake Cowichan at Jakes at the Lake, and Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Crofton Hotel.
The Gords released their first CD, Pick, which features two songs written by Tyson, in April 2012. One of their songs, Old Dreams Die Hard, was No. 1 on the Internet roots/Americana charts for three months straight last summer.
Worden says that when The Gords perform, they play their original songs and also revisit their pasts, playing a bit of kd lang, One Horse Blue, Ian Tyson and The Great Wide Open. They’ve brought drummer Chris Aiken along for this tour that brings them to Lake Cowichan this month.
Worden says it’s exciting for them all to perform their own songs as a band after playing as sidemen for so many years.
“One of our last gigs was in Edmonton, and we hadn’t really sold a lot of pre-sale tickets, so we didn’t think many people would show up,” he said. “We showed up, and the place was full, they knew all the words, and they were listening with their eyes closed. It’s really rewarding that people like The Gords so much because we’ve all made really long careers of playing other people’s music.”
Worden, an Nanaimo native, is excited for a chance to play so close to family and friends. The Gords perform at Jakes at the Lake at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Crofton Hotel. Tickets are $15 in advance at the pub or $20 at the door. To find out more about The Gords, visit thegords.com.