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Bruce Cockburn

Immensely popular in his native Canada, singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has found only cult success south of the border, in spite of a rich, varied body of work and considerable critical nods. He has won numerous Juno Awards and has kept the quality control on most of his albums at a high level. Cockburn's first decade of work (1970-1979) is largely literate, singer/songwriter folk-rock, often with a strong Christian tone and mystical, devotional lyrics. In 1979, Cockburn had his only major U.S. single, "Wondering Where the Lions Are," which peaked at number 21. The accompanying album, Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw, saw him augmenting his music with worldbeat rhythms, an approach he would continue over his next few albums. Cockburn toned down his Christian viewpoint for much of the 1980s, partially as a way of disconnecting himself from the American religious right, which he found antithetical to his own spiritual beliefs, and partially to concentrate on more humanitarian, political subject matter. In 1984, Cockburn produced an AOR hit, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," whose accompanying video depicted conditions in war-torn Central America and gained a fair amount of MTV play.

Cockburn's later 1980s work took on a more streamlined rock sound, and his political agenda was weighted toward environmental concerns, as well as oppression. In the 1990s, Cockburn returned to a more introspective feel recalling his earlier work, but moved toward a more global and political perspective with the issue of the angry and polemical You've Never Seen Everything in 2003. Speechless from 2005 was an all-instrumental affair, showing off the artist's skill on guitar, while the next year's Life Short Call Now showed an artist at the prime of his musical maturity. A live set, Slice O Life: Bruce Cockburn Live Solo, arrived in 2009. After a brief tour, Cockburn returned to the studio in 2010, where he finished work on a new collection entitled Small Source of Comfort, which was released in early 2011; the set is an intimate set of songs and guitar-based instrumentals (including the live but never recorded Cockburn standard "The Gift"). The album was produced by Colin Linden and features violinist Jenny Scheinman. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Brilliant performer, always has been.
Been listening since 79. What matters is not when but that you have discovered this great musician poet creative songwriting master.
jjparkes
Just makes me all that more excited to hear him live again in two weeks..can't wait, and can't think of an album I don't like, and I have most of them. Look how far the light came, just one of his many lyrical melodic masterpieces . Dart to the Heart has to be one of his many standout albums. Too bad not many south of the border don't even recognize him....they are missing out.
chcoutreach
Absolutely love his style and high level of skill. So why am I just now hearing of him?
A master-music i a n / s o n g w r i t e r / s i n g e r / g u i t a r i s t . A treasure and a songwriter's songwriter. Criminally 'unknown' in the US, a Canadian treasure. Been a fan since I first heard him back in the 80's.
See How I Miss You may contain one of the finest song verses written in its decade.
WTF are you talking about below.
I just heard him and I'm 54 haven't heard a voice but I heard a faint cough,I think .
He is brilliant! No one can duplicate his voice, lyrics, guitar playing! I get chills when I hear his music to this day... I first heard him when I was sixteen and I am now fifty three!
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No clue 705 do your research brother.
@nroberts705 : Since Jone's debut album was in 1985, and Bruce started producing work around 1970, that doesn't make any sense. Anyway no copycat is going to be able to produce the outstanding body of work that Bruce has. Suggest you listen to more of it.
BRUCE ! ! !
Brilliant! A true musician!
mcole227
Can you hear Water into Wine and not feel uplifted? Thank you, Bruce!
Bruce is a poet and a prophet. And one of the world's premier guitarists.
f**k off below d-bag
Worst. Last. Name. Ever.
too many great songs to name! One of my favorite guitarists of all time!
I don't think the word copied applies at all. Maybe this guy was influenced by him. On the other hand I'm sure Bruce has influenced many people along his musical journey.
This Guy sounds like he has copied Paul Ubana Jones. He is almost identical. I wonder if they know each other.
I have loved the work of Bruce Cockburn for over 30 years now. Favorite of all time is Let Us Go Laughing from over 30 years ago. Such poetry in his lyrics and that guitar playing is godlike.
wsm33
Bruce Cockburn's music and lyrics should be studied by all that have music ambitions! And everybody else for that matter!
A guitar hero x10. What a beautiful an inventive player.
lindamshin
One of my favorites regardless of national origin. The fact that he is Canadian (ou Canadien, comme vous avez dit) is just a bonus.
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
One of my favorite Canadiens!
Since his first album. Life changes us all, but Bruce brings his authenticity and generosity of spirit to all that life throws at him. I love his music.
What a moving and hauntingly beautiful voice.
aemalloypsal t i s 7
simply the best
A guitar hero?
Im 56 and have been listening to him since I was 17 when my Canadian friend introduced me to his music. I've never turned back since. Love him.
Have been a fan of his since the mid-70s. He is my Guitar Hero!
knit56
saw him for 1st time fri-nite at McCarter Theatre at Princeton U. grabbed 12th row center at last minute. the show exceeded expectations . met him afterward. he is a humble man with amazing gifts and skills.
elcue
The Speechless album is terrific. Buy the disc or download the mp3 at your ffirst opportunity!
Have to start somewhere check out the rest of this brilliant artist.
aline_c_andr a d e
wow. first timeI ever heard him was just now : train in the rain. amazing!
topmole
So much. Music! Bruce is one of the supreme beings walking this planet.
The Charity Of Night is a glowing masterpiece.
If I had a rocket launcher was one of the first videos ever played on MTV.
World Artist.
dominick528
love his music, lyrics, and his humanitarian / e n v i r o n m e n t a l causes - one of the true gifted folk-lyricis t s of our time - lots of fond memories of his early work too - especially If a Tree Falls
Supurb guitarist, lyricist, and humanitarian ! Love Dart to the Heart!
Your expressions of trueself are still floating around in the Maine Woods.
i have loved, laughed and cried to bruce's music since the 70s. So grateful.
pdsnickles
I've seen Bruce live about 8-10 times and each time it's one of the best concerts I've ever seen (and I've seen many of the greats!).

If you hear one song or album and don't care for it, try another album. His 70's albums are quite different than his 90's albums, for example... and each album has it's own flavor. He also has an amazing all-guitar album and by the way his guitar playing just continues to get better and better, which amazes me at his age.
sksjjg
lol cockbum
lol, cockburn!
I thought the biography was way too short and poor for such a great and diverse artist like Bruce. His songs are so impressive.
Seen BC numerous times since 79. Always great- one of the best writers-sing e r s - g u i t a r i s t s - p o e t s of the last 40 years.
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