Gordon Thorne devoted himself to mastering the guitar styles that were an intrinsic part of the country blues and ragtime genre. He performed regularly in Minneapolis and St.Paul, and also at regional coffeehouses, bars and festivals, doing gigs with Dave Van Ronk, Paul Geremia, John Hammond, Yank Rachell, Dave Ray, Phil Heywood and many others. Along with his solo performances, Gordon also played in a rootsy trio called Hometown Skiffle with journeyman guitarist/pedal steel player Eric Heywood (Son Volt/ Pretenders) and pianist Karen Grotberg (Jayhawks). However, during this tenure Gordon became tired of city life and decided to relocate to the woods of Northeastern Minnesota. The call of the wild had beckoned him, and in response he threw his tools, guitars and dogs into the truck and headed North.
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