A close friend of mine introduced me to Bruce Cockburn's music in the early 80s. She played the albums 'Night Vision' (1973) and 'Salt, Sun, and Time' (1974). It was left of center, hearfelt, with clean guitar playing, and at times mystical yet at the same time crystal clear lyrics. He's been one of my favorite artists since. I've played his "All the Diamonds", "Night Train", and "Stained Glass".
I had the chance to see Bruce live at the Sellersville Theatre in PA a few years ago. He was powerful, intense, and such an awesome songwriter. His guitar skills are immense, and he has released a few instrumental albums that showcase this. One of his guitars is setup with stereo pickups, and he uses an effects array creatively. Sonic wonders fly when the guitar work and lyrics wrap around each other. A must-see live performer. And a human with a compassionate, spiritual, and political heart who "walks the talk". This 'World Cafe Live' session with the wonderful David Dye of WXPN / NPR is time very well spent.
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