Bruce Cockburn

Nov. 22
8 p.m.
Americana, Classic Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter

Guitarist, songwriter, philosopher, activist, and Great White North icon Bruce Cockburn has produced work to rival the finest of the past half-century. His lyrics have probed political and spiritual matters with insight and curiosity, and his music has evolved from folk roots to experiment with jazz, rock, and global sounds. On this fall’s Bone to Bone, his 33rd album (and first in six years), Cockburn, 72, reflects on all he’s experienced and witnessed, initially on the stark “States I’m In” (a sly play on his current San Francisco residence), voice gruff and anguished against sparkling acoustic guitar, later on “Mon Chemin,” speculating in French about his continuing journey against luminous jazz-folk punctuated by charango and Ron Miles’ cornet. “False River” is a harrowing blues about the wrong path leading to ecological apocalypse, and Cockburn also reconciles his progressive politics and Christian faith with a brilliant reworking of Rev. Gary Davis’ “Twelve Gates to the City.”