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Carefree Highway: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot

Carefree Highway: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot

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Like a lot of Cana­di­an musi­cians, I grew up in awe of Lightfoot’s cat­a­log of songs. He ful­ly deserves his place in the list of the world’s top singer-song­writ­ers. He made com­mon themes uni­ver­sal with­out los­ing a Cana­di­an sen­si­bil­i­ty. He could make straight­for­ward nar­ra­tives about ship­wrecks and rail­roads uni­ver­sal. His love songs are often tinged with loss and regret. Some of them are decep­tive­ly sim­ple, but con­tain sub­tleties that reward repeat lis­ten­ing. His sig­nif­i­cance to me is sim­i­lar to the Group of Sev­en, in allow­ing us to look at our coun­try with a fresh per­spec­tive. If you go deep into the cat­a­log there are some some incred­i­ble gems that often didn’t make it to radio. We’re going to cel­e­brate some of those along­side the bet­ter-known hits. And we’re going to bring our own ideas and ver­sions to the par­ty. Light­foot’s work is ready for fresh inter­pre­ta­tions from younger musi­cians and new audiences.

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