Gary is a New York-born Songwriter/Humorist with a passion for topical songs in the tradition of Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and John Prine. His songs will make you laugh, cry, and think, though not necessarily in that order. His songs of labor and solidarity are reminiscent of labor icon, Joe Hill.
“The topical, political vein of folk music is alive and well in the Northwest. This latest release from Gary Kanter features a fist-full of tunes that combine vibrant wordplay, deft commentary and cutting humor.” — Mike Buchman, Victory Review
Topics include Rush Limbaugh (“Rush is a Four-letter Word”), political extremism (“Tea Chantey”), TSA (“Keep Your Hands Offa My Junk!”), Citizens United (“I’m Gonna Marry G.E.”) personal isolation, America’s lost greatness, and the daily valor of a new single-mom learning how to make a life for herself and her children (“She’s a Hero”). “Your Own Brand of Blues,” about tavern and street singing, has been described by critic J.W. McClure as “ragged as any Kris Kristofferson bar song.”
“Kanter is one of those surprising gems, who sneaks up on your funny bone while hitting the empathy nerve.” — Chris Lunn, Ancient Victorys