23 July 2013 - Published on Jul 23, 2013, produced CIRCA Feburary 26, 2013
Bruce Cockburn exists in the lofty precincts of Canadian music along with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot.
Born in Ottawa, Cockburn attended Berklee School of Music in Boston before returning to Ottawa and joining his first band The Children. Cockburn's first solo appearance came in 1967 at the Mariposa Folk Festival and three years later he released his first solo album entitled simply Bruce Cockburn.
Over the next 40 years Cockburn would release 31 albums, and with them a string of hits from Wondering Where The Lions Are to Lovers In A Dangerous Time to the politically charged If I Had A Rocket Launcher.
Described by Bono as a Zen songwriter, singer, activist and psalmist Cockburn continues to bring his political and spiritual sensibilities to his music.
Ken Rockburn caught up with Bruce Cockburn while on tour in Annapolis, Maryland.