Jo Gore

Jo Gore

Stephanie Ray, Caroline Smith, and hosted Lena Tillett from WRAL

Sat Apr 27

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$12 Advance/ $15 Day of the show / $25 Seated

This event is all ages

A Portion of the Proceeds will Benefit Compass Center

Jo Gore
Jo Gore
throughout her new record i am worthy, jo gore remains elusive and tight lipped about the identity of the hung hollowed heart handsome man with the dimpled chin. curiously, the same man is mentioned in about seven songs. not only did this son of a bitch break the artist's heart, but it sounds like the asshole almost broke jo's spirit. name calling has legal implications and jo gore does a delicate juggling act walking the lyrical tightrope of autobiographical fiction. yet several album tracks continue to hint at abuse and tragedy. consider the lyrics from the soulful climatic track entitled play james. leaving the melody intact, jo re-wrote verses to james taylor's fire and rain. yesterday morning, i made a plan to get away from you. i got up early and wrote down james' song, but I ain't got nobody to sing it to. and consider the tearful lament god of slaves #17. it's a lo-fi recording of a painful lullaby that appears to hint at rape and incest. don't hurt her, the same way you hurt me. she was just a girl and one day she'll be me. i don't wish this pain on nobody. you're too old to be a better man. you made us pray and you made us believe. may the god of slaves take it away. jesus christ, these lyrics are gutrenching.


and yet it didn't take long for a few song-writing sessions and rehearsals to stir the warm musical ashes that allowed the gorey phoenix to emerge. by the end of i am worthy, all hell has broken loose and jo gore is coming for blood. this time the microphone is her sword. sounding like a female kendrick lamar, jo gore spits pure fire in the spoken word piece entitled my knee. a few of my favorite verses include fuck all the black and white bill cosbies. i'll take a mattress on the floor and keep my dirty concrete. be broken in school, counting pennies. with band bros, busted washer-dirty laundry. inspired by winfrey, let me take a knee. inspired by colin, this album is my knee. again, some of these songs could easily become anthems for the #metoo movement but hardcore feminists can't hijack the entire the record just yet.


thankfully, jo has written songs that reflect a careful blend of sex and satire for mainstream radio. consider the fun comedic tune entitled self care. it's about female primping and setting personal boundaries. playfully she sings, ...don't touch me boy, i need an hour or two. i'm all natural fair trade. i got it from whole foods. and yet jo gore is most seductive and desirous in survival. with an african phil collins in the background, jo calls to a church-going lad and whispers come me to on your knees when you need to believe. i'll be your god and your religion. come to the motherland. open your mother lips and speak with your mother tongue.


i am worthy is so much more than a collection of sad love songs. jo isn't just a woman scorn. this record is about failure, redefining success, setting boundaries and breaking rules. finally, jo has found the courage to be vulnerable. this record is her poetic truth. let's all just hope that the fucktard she sings about isn't a sore loser. otherwise, she may need a restraining order.
Stephanie Ray
Stephanie Ray
Stephanie Ray is a multi-instrumentalist and singer based on Raleigh, North Carolina. She has performed alongside many Triangle-area artists while maintaining her identity as a solo artist. She writes, records, and performs original material that showcases her haunting vocals and unique approach to guitar that mixes the traditional Piedmont blues with contemporary Roots and Americana.
Caroline Smith
Caroline Smith
Caroline Smith is currently the youngest stand-up comic in the triangle, she produces her own monthly showcase at the pit chapel hill and has been on the "Kill Tony" podcast, she performs regularly at venues around North Carolina.