BONE ON BONE is the highly anticipated 2017 album from Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn. The album is his first in six years and is the follow-up to 2011’s SMALL SOURCE OF COMFORT. His 25th studio album overall, BONE ON BONE finds Bruce Cockburn at ease as a musician but ill at ease with the world. For those familiar with Cockburn’s work over the years, this may seem like nothing new. However, BONE ON BONE finds Bruce at the top of his game. And for an artist that has been releasing albums for nearly 50 years, this is quite a feat. Mixing Folk and Blues, the album is warm, intimate and filled with songs that are destined to become Cockburn classics. Amongst the Folk Blues stomp of songs like “States I’m In” (the first single) and “Café Society” is “Forty Years In The Wilderness”, one of the loveliest songs he’s ever written.
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With a gruff voice that sometimes recalls Mark Knopfler and Chris Rea, Cockburn has become the elder statesman of Canadian Folk. Embraced by fans of Folk, Christian Rock and Americana, Cockburn has influenced many artists over the years: U2, Cowboy Junkies and Midnight Oil amongst them. He has been awarded numerous accolades including: The Order of Canada, 12 Juno Awards, People’s Voice Award at Folk Alliance International, numerous doctorates and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Not bad for an artist that has remained both on the outer edges of the Folks Rock scene and smack dab in the middle of the hurricane. He remains a riveting songwriter and a beacon of light in this often dark and dreary world. Long may he reign.