He lived in Talpa, Texas, and had a following in England. In the 1970s, he ran a country music magazine, Picking up the Tempo, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His first Civil Defense was titled Smaller Circles.
He ran a small publishing company called Wowapi.
Gordon used spoken vocals accompanied by music that mixed Native American rhythms with country and western themes and musicians working in Texas at the time. His circle included legendary singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt and others who respected poetic narratives.