Kevin Gordon, "Saint on a Chain"
One man's spiritual crisis intersects with a murky Louisiana river in "Saint on a Chain," from singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon's forthcoming album Tilt & Shine, due out July 27th. Employing a steady, chugging groove that flows like water on its way to the sea, Gordon unfurls the vivid, gripping story of a man who wears his mother's Saint Christopher for protection. When he's beset by a devastating loss, he numbs himself with opioids and whiskey, letting his mind wander to the river and the possibility of bringing an abrupt end to his pain. "Water's moving like the blood pushing through my veins. See how it shines," Gordon sings, hinting at the darkest possible outcome. J.F.