Vincent D'Onofrio presents The George Gerkie Cowboy Experience featuring Laura Cantrell, Joe Vinciguerra & special guest Sam Bisbee
Show DescriptionStars are not made. They are born. The star that is George Geronimo Gerkie was born on Christmas Day, 1957. From his first single "If I Could Do It All Again" to his first #1 smash hit "Kaleidoscopic Hero" to his groundbreaking work with the Agnes Scott College marching band, there has not been a star in the music universe that has burned brighter. Famed music critic Serge Lubbock once said that "George Gerkie doesn't so much sing to you, he opens his gossamer wings and takes you on a ride." And what a ride it's been. Often called the "great white whale" of country music, Triple G has recorded over 130 hits on the country music charts. But his popularity transcends genre. George Gerkie has recorded over 55 hit duets with music acts as diverse as ABBA, Ace Freeley, Africa Bambaatta, Al Jarreu, Alex Chilton and Astrud Gilberto…and that's just the A's!
Like all stratospheric stars, everything that George Gerkie touches seems to turn to gold. He made his Broadway debut in "Man From La Mancha" in 1984, playing the quixotic hero with, according to Pauline Kael "the aplomb of Olivier, the lungs of Caruso and the lips of Don Juan." George's most decorated film role was the lead in Roman Polanski's trenchant "Piccolo Abner," for which he was awarded the Guldbagge Award in Sweden and the Nippon Akademi-sho in Japan. But he is most famous for a role he turned down; police chief Martin Brody in "Jaws" (eventually played by Roy Scheider) because, according to a Rolling Stone interview, "I like sharks." The "George Gerkie Does the World" tour in 1985 sold over 60,000,000 tickets in forty countries on 365 consecutive nights and remains the single best-selling live tour of all time. In 1986 George Gerkie capitalized on his fame by launching "Gerkie Jerkie" and later "Gerkie Gherkins" which remain the only beef jerky and pickled gherkins respectively served on Air Force One. His popularity was so immense in 1987 that he won a term as governor of Mississippi on a write-in ballot. Eight days into his term, the State Board of Regents overturned the election on a technicality.
Throughout his long career, George Gerkie has made headlines as much for his record breaking music as his tempestuous personal life. From 1982 to 1990 alone he was married eight times and was named People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelor eight years running. Mickey Rourke cited Gerkie's four day marriage to Billy Jean King as the inspiration for his role in the movie "9 1/2 Weeks." In 1986 his international drivers license was revoked during the "Herkie Gerkie" tour after he was arrested for driving through the 18 mile Zhohgnanshan tunnel in China on the outside of a car. While serving a two month prison term at the Heilongjiang Work Camp, he recorded six consecutive number one hits on Chinese National Radio, a record that stands until this day. Cameron Crowe has referred to Gerkie's hit "The Girl From Jilin City," a collaboration with Paul Simon, as one of the seminal love songs of the modern era. After a 1990 fall from a step stool, George became addicted to pain killers, a struggle that has been well documented, most notably in his unauthorized autobiography "Finger Lickin."
So whether you've come for the music or just to wrap yourself in George Gerkie's warm blanket, sit back and enjoy the ride. In the immortal words of the man himself; "I'm just an entertainer and life is just a show. G for George, G for Gerkie. Why ask why when you can just say gee."
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Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play "Open Admissions", followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D'Onofrio's career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by the renowned Stanley Kubrick. For this role D'Onofrio gained nearly 70 pounds. He had a major role in Dying Young (1991), and appeared prominently in the box-office smashMen in Black (1997) as the bad guy (Edgar "The Bug").
Other films of note in which he has appeared are Mystic Pizza (1988), JFK (1991), The Player (1992), Ed Wood (1994), The Cell (2000) andThe Break-Up (2006). In 1996 D'Onofrio garnered critical acclaim along with co-star Renée Zellweger for The Whole Wide World (1996), which he helped produce. He also made a guest appearance in the TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993) in a 1997 episode, where he played an accident victim who could not be rescued and was destined to die. For this performance he won an Emmy nomination. In 2000 he both produced and starred in Steal This Movie (2000), a biopic of radical leader Abbie Hoffman.
In 2001 D'Onofrio took the role which has likely given him his greatest public recognition: Det. Robert Goren, the lead character in the TV series"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001). Goren is based on Sherlock Holmes but, instead of relying upon physical evidence like Holmes, D'Onofrio's character focuses on psychology to identify the perpetrators, whom he often draws into confessing or yielding condemning evidence.
In his career D'Onofrio's various film characters have included a priest, a bisexual former porn star, a hijacker, a serial killer, Orson Welles, a space alien, a 1960s radical leader, a pulp fiction writer, an ingenious police investigator and Stuart Smalley's dope-head brother. His on-screen love interests have included Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Renée Zellweger, Marisa Tomei, Tracey Ullman, Rebecca De Mornay and Lili Taylor.
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After weathering a frustrating period of development deals, demos, and one forgotten album (1996's Snacks, released by Plump Records) during the '90s, indie rock singer/songwriter Sam Bisbee took things into his own hands. Gathering together talented players such as Charlie Drayton (the B-52's, Keith Richards), Peter Adams (Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield), and guitarist/recording artist John Wolfington, Bisbee headed into Philip Glass' Looking Glass studios to make his own album his own way. The result was Bisbee's re-emergence with 2001's Vehicle, a concoction of tuneful guitar pop, drum loops, samples, and Bisbee's winsome, smart songcraft. The effort featured guest vocals by Leona Naess on the driving opener, "Miracle Car." Following the release of a concert album, Live at Arlene Grocery, in 2002, Bisbee launched a pattern in which new material appeared every two years: High in 2004, Oxygen in 2006, and Son of a Math Teacher in 2008. Erik Hage, All Music Guide