James Toth Presents Imaginational Anthem vol. XIII: Songs of Bruce Cockburn

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, February 8, 2024

Tompkins Square is thrilled to announce the release of Imaginational Anthem vol. XIII: Songs of Bruce Cockburn, curated by the esteemed indie musician James Toth, known for his contributions to Wooden Wand. This landmark compilation album, featuring a galaxy of indie music luminaries, is set to honor the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. Scheduled for release on April 5th, this volume shines a spotlight on Cockburn’s profound influence on music, showcasing both his exceptional guitar work and his impactful songwriting.

Bruce Cockburn, a figure celebrated for his rich lyrical depth and musical versatility, has inspired countless artists yet remains underexplored by the newer generations of indie musicians and fans. Unlike his Canadian contemporaries Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young, Cockburn's work has not been as widely recognized by the indie music scene, a gap this compilation aims to bridge.

Imaginational Anthem vol. XIII not only highlights Cockburn's prowess as a guitarist but also features vocal tracks, presenting a comprehensive tribute to his extensive catalog. Indie music stalwarts including Bill Callahan, Matt Valentine, Luke Schneider, and Jerry David DeCicca have contributed to this collection, each bringing their unique interpretation to Cockburn's songs, and signaling a revival of interest in his deep and nuanced body of work.

The album kicks off with the release of its first single, "Forty Years in the Wilderness" by Jerry David DeCicca featuring Bill Callahan, available now for streaming. This track exemplifies the spirit of the project, marrying DeCicca's and Callahan's distinct styles with Cockburn's evocative songwriting.

Tracklist Highlights:

  • "Foxglove" - Eli Winter
  • "40 Years in the Wilderness" - Jerry David DeCicca (feat. Bill Callahan)
  • "Up on the Hillside" - Matthew “Doc” Dunn
  • And many more...


Imaginational Anthem vol. XIII: Songs of Bruce Cockburn is available for pre-order on Bandcamp and Amazon Canada. Fans and new listeners alike are invited to explore this heartfelt homage to one of Canada’s most influential songwriters.

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