Back in my beginning performing days,circa mid seventies , the local newspaper was doing an article on me. They asked the standard question " Who are your favorite/influential artist's ? My answer amongst other's were Bruce Cockburn, Dan Fogelburg & Jackson Brown. Just recently, I was interviewed again, different newpaper, 25 years later, with the same question and Bruce Cockburn , still made the cut.
He's an incredibly good guitar player, singer/songwriter with tremendous melodies, a political and eviromental activist, a passionate proponent of world peace and a wonderfully/deeply religious man. A truly fine Canadian ! First saw Bruce in 1970 at the Mariposa Folk Festival and then just last summer 2001 and the only thing that's changed is his hair color and his ability to accept praise. ( He always gives it( praise ) to the audience or his band members ). His early albums always had many songs just in French ( the lyric sheets always contained both languages) and his playing and tunings were incredible. As a world activist for peace, he recently culminated a very long tour ( a few years I think , with other great artists) to create awareness over the dangers of landmines strewn through out the world and if I'm not mistaken was married again this past May-2002.
Sing-out Magazine could not have found a more deserving person.