Published Jul 13, 2017At long last, Canadian songwriting hero Bruce Cockburn is returning with a new full-length. Titled Bone on Bone, Cockburn's first album in six years will arrive on September 15 via True North Records.
The record comes in the wake of Cockburn's last proper LP, 2011's Small Source of Comfort, and the 2014 memoir Rumours of Glory — an undertaking that made the wait for Bone on Bone all that much longer.
"I didn't write any songs until after the book was published because all my creative energy had gone into three years of writing it," Cockburn explained in a statement. "There was simply nothing left to write songs with. As soon as the book was put to bed, I started asking myself whether I was ever going to be a songwriter again."
Bone On Bone features 11 new tracks from Cockburn and marks his 25th studio album, which was produced by Colin Linden.
According to a press release, the album contains a "prevalent urgency and anxious tone," which Cockburn has attributed to living in America during the era of Trump.
Cockburn said, "There have been so many times in my life when an invitation has come from somewhere...the cosmos...the divine...to step out of the familiar into something new. I've found it's best to listen for, and follow these promptings."
For a taste of the new album, you can hear the record's opening track "States I'm In" below.
Cockburn has a lengthy series of tour dates coming up in support of the album. You can see the Canada-heavy schedule over here.
Bone on Bone:
1. States I'm In
2. Stab At Matter
3. Forty Years In The Wilderness
4. Café Society
5. 3 Al Purdys
6. Looking And Waiting
7. Bone On Bone
8. Mon Chemin
9. False River
10. Jesus Train
11.Twelve Gates To The City