Bruce Cockburn Announces Fall U.S. Tour
Celebrated Canadian recording artist Bruce Cockburn is supporting the release of his 31st studio album Small Source of Comfort on True North Records with a second U.S. tour, this Fall that kicks off September 7 in Nashville and ends October 1 in Asheville. Cockburn will be performing solo on all dates. Many of the shows on his Spring tour sold out including New York City, Washington, DC, Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL, Minneapolis MN, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Bayshore, NY, Woodstock, VT, Annapolis, MD, Carbondale, CO, among others. I’m hoping you’ll consider advancing this show with a feature, CD review or advance blurb.
Produced by longtime associate Colin Linden, Small Source of Comfort features Brooklyn-based violinist Jenny Scheinman who provides some thrilling flourishes to instrumentals like “Lois on the Autobahn” and the bluesy, gypsy-like swing of “Comets of Kandahar,” a track that Cockburn describes as “Django meets John Lee Hooker” and Annabelle Chvostek, a Montreal-based singer-songwriter with whom Cockburn wrote two songs on which they also harmonize: the introspective “Driving Away” and the driving, freewheeling “Boundless.” In addition to newcomers Scheinman and Chvostek, Small Source of Comfort includes such regular Cockburn accompanists as bassist Jon Dymond, drummer Gary Craig and producer Linden, who also plays guitar. The album’s gotten a lot of great press notices:
Bruce Cockburn’s concerts attract two kinds of fans. There are those who are fascinated by his lyrics, by his concise descriptions of global trouble spots and aphorisms about spiritual hunger. Then there are those who hang on his guitar solos — the 65-year-old Canadian is a virtuoso at lilting melodies with a darker counterpoint. Geoffrey Himes/Washington Post 5/6/11
… the CD is one of the most beautiful Cockburn has made in decades. There are five exquisite instrumentals, with violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Gary Craig; two poetic gems co-written with Annabelle Chvostek; and even a surprisingly funny song, “Called Me Back. Download: “Boundless.” Dan Gewertz/Boston Herald 5/13
Politics and spirit coexist artfully in the music of folk-rocker Bruce Cockburn, Canada's finest Christian protest singer. Songs on his 31st and most recent album, Small Sources of Comfort, were inspired by time he spent with Canadian Forces soldiers in Kandahar. Violinist/songwriter Jenny Scheinman accompanies Cockburn following a solo set of her typically sly, luminous downtown-style folk magic. Richard Gehr/Village Voice 4/27
Canadian folk-rock champ Bruce Cockburn writes songs that are impassioned, intimate, gripping, political and often hook-filled, while his lead guitar skills are formidable. Tom Surowicz Minneapolis Star Tribune 5/19
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Small Source of Comfort is an adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. The album, primarily acoustic yet rhythmically savvy, is rich in Cockburn’s characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, jotting down his typically detailed observations about the human experience.
“Each One Lost” and “Comets of Kandahar,” one of five instrumentals on the album, stem from a trip Cockburn made to war-torn Afghanistan in 2009. The elegiac “Each One Lost” was written after Cockburn witnessed a ceremony honouring two young Canadian Forces soldiers who had been killed that day and whose coffins were being flown back to Canada. It was, recalls Cockburn, “one of the saddest and most moving scenes I’ve been privileged to witness.”
In contrast, one light-hearted number reflects Cockburn’s frequently under-appreciated sense of humour. “Called Me Back” is a comic reflection on the frustrations of waiting for a return phone call that never comes. Meanwhile, listeners are bound to be intrigued by “Call Me Rose,” written from the point of view of disgraced former U.S. president Richard Nixon, who receives a chance at redemption after being reincarnated as a single mother living in a housing project with two children.
As always, there’s a spiritual side to Cockburn’s latest collection, best reflected on the closing “Gifts,” a song written in 1968 and but recorded here for the first time, and “The Iris of the World,” which opens the album. The latter includes the humorously rueful line, “I’m good at catching rainbows, not so good at catching trout.” Those songs, along with his humanitarian work, have brought Cockburn a long list of honours, including 13 Juno Awards, an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and several international awards. In 1982, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Officer in 2002.
Never content to rest on his laurels, Cockburn keeps looking ahead. “I’d rather think about what I’m going to do next,” he once said. “My models for graceful aging are guys like John Lee Hooker and Mississippi John Hurt, who never stopped working till they dropped, as I fully expect to be doing, and just getting better as musicians and as human beings.” Small Source of Comfort, a reflection of Cockburn’s ever-expanding world of wonders, is the latest step in his creative evolution.
BRUCE COCKBURN SMALL SOUCE OF COMFORT TOUR DATES:
SEP 7 NASHVILLE, TN - BELCOURT THEATRE *
SEP 8 ATLANTA, GA - VARIETY PLAYHOUSE *
SEP 9 CHARLOTTE, NC - McGLOHON THEATRE *
SEP 10 CARRBORO, NC - CAT’S CRADLE *
SEP 12 ANNAPOLIS, MD - RAMS HEAD *
SEP 14 NORFOLK, CT - INFINITY HALL *
SEP 15 BETHLEHEM, NH - THE COLONIAL THEATRE *
SEP 16 FALL RIVER, MA - NARROWS CENTER FOR THE ARTS *
SEP 17 NEWBURYPORT, MA - NOCK THEATRE *
SEP 18 Rockland ME The Strand Theater
SEP 20 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION VT - TUPELO MUSIC HALL *
SEP 22 FAIRFIELD CT - STAGEONE *
SEP 23 MONTCLAIR, NJ - FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH *
SEP 24 EARLVILLE, NY - OPERA HOUSE THEATER *
SEP 26 BUFFALO, NY - THE TRALF *
SEP 27 KENT ,OH - THE KENT STAGE *
SEP 29 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
SEP 28 SELLERSVILLE, PA - SELLERSVILLE THEATER *
SEP 30 Roanoke, VA Kirk Avenue Music Hall
OCT 1 ASHVILLE NC - THE ORANGE PEEL *