John Gorka began his career as many young musicians do… listening to others play music. While a college student in the late ’70s, Gorka started hanging around Godfrey Daniels – a venerable coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania that hosted many folk concerts. Inspired by artists such as Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen and Tom Paxton, Gorka put pen to paper and chose the life of a singer/songwriter – taking his show on the road, winning fans and big prizes (including the New Folk Award at Kerrville). As his life has taken him from young student to veteran performer and family man, Gorka is still proud to call himself a folk musician, offering personal music in his rich baritone that touches his audiences and inspires the next generation of songwriters.
In 2009, he joined host Jim Blum in the Folk Alley studio.