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Gary Kanter-2Gary 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 isolatGK-NWCCLC Picnic2ion, 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

Gary Kanter may be the most dangerous songwriter in Washington State—maybe in the country!” – Thaddeus Spae
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Gary has also taken on the mantle of “labor troubadour,” having organized and performed at numerous benefits for organized labor including two concerts to fundraisers for the Wisconsin recall elections.  He had penned two labor songs at the behest of the Northwest labor community including “Northwest Union Call” and “Right To Work Is Wrong.”  He recently performed both at the Washington State Central Labor Council held in Vancouver, WA (7/13).  “Right To Work…” was requested by the president of his own union, Musicians’ Association of Seattle (Local 76-493, AFM) and will be featured on its website for universal access.  “Northwest Union Call” is currently being produced as a DVD.  Both songs will be featured on Gary’s next CD, scheduled for release in September.
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Gary is also co-hosting “We Do The Work”, a labor-oriented weekly radio show originating on KSVR-FM 91.7, in Mt. Vernon, WA. Streaming live at www.ksvr.org with complete archives available at http://www.skagitdemocrats.org/?page_id=246

Posted January 28, 2013 by garykanter

6 responses to “Bio

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  1. Enjoyed our conversation. Kindred spirits…from the human tribe.

  2. Great hearing you, last night!!!

    pamela suzanne burdwell
  3. Hey Gary, I met you today (Thurs., 10/3) at Green River Music when you stopped in to buy some picks & strings. You told me about your affiliation with the musicians’ union and about your songwriting. I went to the unions website and listened to “Right to Work is Wrong”. Thanks for sharing. Nice tune, and welcome sentiment. Keep going!

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