“Sundown.” “Carefree Highway.” “If You Could Read My Mind.” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot has give us so many easy-to-love, great-to-revisit songs over the years.
I can’t argue with this statement in a news release from Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, announcing a show by Lightfoot Sept. 15 at the Northeast Ohio venue, that touts 50 active years of hit-song-making and big-time album sales: “It’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats.”
There’s something I simply love about Canadian musical artists — The Tragically Hip, Neil Young, The New Pornographers, Rush and, to be sure, Lightfoot, who has been called the country’s greatest songwriter.
You’re likely to hear the aforementioned hits and others — “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” etc. — at the Rocksino show. Tickets range from about $40 to about $70 and are available here.
Stream of the week: I’ve been a bit enamored with Austin, Texas-based musician Mobley since seeing him perform last year at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. He performed as a one-man band of sorts, singing and playing one or two instruments over other recorded music. I loved his voice, and the songs were solid. A few of his recordings have been available since then, but he finally dropped a full-length studio effort, “Fresh Lies, Vol. 1.” Some of the songs, including the wonderful “Tell Me,” have been available for some time, but it’s great to have a more-complete musical meal from Mobley. Unfortunately, Cleveland isn’t on his list of upcoming tour dates, but if he ever visits the North Coast, I’ll be there.
Mark Meszoros is pretty sure he saw The Tragically Hip cover “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” in Cleveland — it could have been a solo show by frontman Gordon Downie — and it was great. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo credit: The Associated Press.