He first captured our attention in the early ’80s singing songs in the band Red Rider. By the ’90s, Tom Cochrane was a household name with hits like Big League, Boy Inside The Man, No Regretss and Life Is A Highway
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Sitting in a Toronto Café, Canadian rocker tom Cochrane exudes a sincerity and a what-you-see-is-what-you-get demeanour rare in an industry dominated by self indulgence.
Tom Cochrane could have comfortably ridden off into the sunet after two decades of making classic Canadian rock ‘n’ roll music. Instead the singer-songwriter decided to ride into the fray one more time with a reunited Red Rider.
The boy inside the man may be turning 50 next May, but Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane doesn’t feel the need to slow down or hang it up. In fact, he says, he found inspiration from longtime mentor Bob Dylan.
Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has pulled off a feat that has become increasingly rare in the music industry he’s penned a Christmas song from the heart.
Cochrane outlasted the weeknight crowd – When I turned 17, I was listening to a wholly different radio station, a new FM-station, different, at least from the Top-40 AM stations that reigned over Ottawa’s airwaves.
Tom Cochrane will perform at Winter Fest 2002, the first concert in the Vernon multiplex. Out along the Huron on the rocky shores of Ontario’s Georgian Bay, one of Canada’s veteran recording artists and songwriters is working in his newly built studio.
For Tom Cochrane, the song is first and foremost. Actually, let’s rephrase that – prior to the songs come experiences. Cochrane is a self-described “sonic journalist,” forever observing the world around him…
Like Cockburn or Springsteen, Tom Cochrane has been able to ignore the trappings of the hit-making/star-creating media machinery and has stayed on course for self-satisfying success.
TORONTO-Despite being a major artist in Canada for 18 years and having significant stateside success previously, Tom Cochrane still lacks a commitment to release his new album, “XRay Sierra,” in the U.S.
TORONTO-With “XRay Sierra,” his first album of new songs in four years, Tom Cochrane makes the transition from heartland rocker to mature singer/songwriter. But the artist may face an uphill battle at radio, where it’s been six years since his last hit singles.
According to Canadian music critics, Tom Cochrane has lived long in the shadow of other major domestic acts. Why, they ask, has Cochrane not struck it big in the U.S. a la Brian Adams, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell?
Four years ago, Tom Cochrane was cruising along life’s highway. He had left the Canadian band Red Rider and his solo debut, “Mad Mad World,” sold 2 million copies worldwide, while the single from the collection, “Life Is a Highway” was a Top 10 hit. But with that kind of success comes stress and demands, or in Cochrane’s words, some “Ragged Ass Road.”
Tom Cochrane’s take on the professional highs and personal lows that have marked his life since the Mad Mad World album and “Life is A Highway” hit is simple.
Life Is a Highway is the title of one of Tom Cochrane’s many hit songs but it may just as easily stand as a symbol of the singer/songwriter’s personal philosophy. Cochrane, in Edmonton to promote his newest release Ragged Ass Road.
Life Is A Highway for Canada’s Tom Cochrane. Tom Cochrane is Canada’s foremost traditional rock musician, and a humanitarian as well – with a love for the traditional Harley! Tom is one of the good guys! and he is a purist.
Can someone be somber and optimistic at the same time? If so, that’s the fragile balance Tom Cochrane’s trying to achieve on his latest release, Ragged Ass Road. In fact, dark, murky, ambivalent sludge coats almost every song on the new release.
On his last album, Canuck Rocker Tom Cochrane insisted that Life Is A Highway. Turns out it’s more like Ragged Ass Road. At least that’s the title of his latest release which arrived in stores last week.
‘Ragged Ass Road,’ was an intensely personal work. The album, which will be released in the US by EMI Music on Nov. 7, 1995, features the song ‘I Wish You Well’ which debuted at no. one on the Records’ contemporary album radio chart.
Ragged Ass Road – Taking that one giant leap from domestic success to international stardom can be a daunting task for any artist, no matter what your country of origin may be. For a Canadian, however, any designs on worldwide…
The five-year-old Somali girl whose withered arms encircled his legs in a desperate plea for help is an image rock singer Tom Cochrane won’t soon forget. “They’re not just hungry for food – they’re hungry for attention, for love, for anything they can get,” Cochrane said.
Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway” was the song of the summer of ’92, writes Dave Ferman of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. It was the golden mean of pop – light but not wimpy, convincing rock but not shrieking heavy metal, positive without being dippy.
Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway” has finally brought him off the gravel road and onto the hot asphalt. Cochrane has been in the fast lane in his native Canada for several years. With his band Red Rider in the 1980s, he captured a large Canadian audience, and his solo album, “Mad Mad World,”…
Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway has finally brought him off the gravel road and on to hot asphalt. Cochrane has been on the fast lane in his native Canada for several years now. While with his band Red Rider in the ’80s, Cochrane captured a large Canadian audience.