BRUCE COCKBURN FACTS:
Genre: Folk, Jazz, Rock
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Albums: Bruce Cockburn, High Winds, White Sky, Sunwheel Dance, In the Falling Dark, Further Adventures Of Bruce Cockburn, Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws, Humans, Inner City Front, The Trouble with Normal, Stealing Fire, Speechless, Life Short Call Now, Small Source of Comfort
Not many musicians have as diverse a background as Bruce Cockburn. The guitar virtuoso has recorded everything from folk-inspired rock to jazz fusion, and over his decades-long career has enjoyed a loyal following from fans of all walks of life. Though he broke onto the scene as one of the premier songwriters of the '60s, he quickly made a name for himself in his own right and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his extensive catalog.
In the mid '60s he got his start as a member of the short-lived band Bobby Kris & The Imperials, which quickly changed its name to the more fan-friendly Olivius. After testing the waters with a different band soon after his first one broke up, Cockburn decided he was better suited to a solo career - something which has certainly paid dividends.
He enjoyed success early on, as his self-titled debut earned him widespread praise from critics and fans alike throughout his native Canada. The 1970 record featured a number of popular tracks including "Going to the Country" and "Spring Song." Though popular in his home country, it would be several years before he was a hit in the United States. In 1979 he released Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw - which remains one his most iconic albums. The hit single "Wondering Where the Lions Are" is his most commercially successful songs, reaching a respectable position on the Billboard Hot 100 - an impressive feat for a musician with his roots firmly planted in country and folk.
In the years since Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw, Cockburn has managed to cement his position in the music world. Throughout the '80s his songwriting became more adventurous, and he enjoyed some mild success with the single "If I Had a Rocket Launcher." He has also played with some of the biggest names in the country scene. Specifically, he teamed up with T. Boone Burnett in the early '90s to release a pair of well-reviewed albums.
Recently, he has continued to record and release popular albums, highlighted by 2003's You've Never Seen Anything, which included contributions from big names in the music industry such as Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and Sam Philips - further cementing his place as one of the most well-liked performers around.
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