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New album awaits U.S. release - Tom Cochrane

New Album Awaits U.S. Release

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.

Cochrane's back, but is radio ready?

Cochrane’s Back, But Is Radio Ready?

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.

Life Is Now A Runway For Cochrane The Pilot

Life Is Now A Runway For Cochrane The Pilot

Five years ago, Tom Cochrane summed it all up with a simple phrase that became something of a trademark — Life is a Highway. these days, it’s looking a lot more like a runway.

Acoustic Cochrane Displays Versatility - Tom Cochrane Article

Acoustic Cochrane Displays Versatility

If life is a highway, then Tom Cochrane has taken a detour down a lonely, dusty sideroad. For concert goers expecting the hard-rockin’, sweaty Cochrane, they were sorely disappointed at his concert at the Cleary International Centre Thursday night.

Life Has Been A Highway For Tom Cochrane

Life Has Been A Highway For Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane remembers all too well dodging beer bottles and insults in his m early solo days, so he had good reason to be nervous starting out on his latest tour. His current acoustic-performance tour draws upon his early days in the business, a return to his roots for the Canadian singer- songwriter.

Cochrane Still Has The Stuff To Charm

Cochrane Still Has The Stuff To Charm

One-time cab driver and sometime poet, Tom Cochrane proved on Thursday he is always a musical day-dreamer.The rocker who grew up in Lynn Lake, Man. drove his unplugged stage show into Red Deer’s Memorial Centre and took the audience on a great escape to Tripoli and beyond. He warmed up the crowd with his super-hit White Hot, penned when Cochrane was with Red Rider.

Cochrane Unplugged A Real Treat

Cochrane Unplugged A Real Treat

Amid all the amplified bombast of his big rock shows — the cranked guitars, the crowd’s booze-fuelled whoops — it’s easy to forget that Tom Cochrane is a super songwriter. But in a kindler, gentler acoustic setting Wednesday night at the University of Alberta’s Myer Horowitz Theatre, Cochrane made a near sellout crowd of 700 remember again.

Tom Cochrane Strips Down

Tom Cochrane Strips Down

Tom Cochrane has spent two decades performing in the rock ’n roll circus. Two decades as the front man for Red Rider, which he joined in 1976, and as a solo artist, his first Tom Cochrane recording being Mad Mad World in 1991. He’s tamed the lions in rowdy rock bars, concert halls, hockey arenas and outdoor festivals like last summer’s Big Sky extravaganza in High River.

Ragged Road Revisited - Tom Cochrane Article

Ragged Road Revisited

These days, life is a circle for Tom Cochrane. The stripped-down Music and Words tour the energetic Canadian rocker brings to Red Deer’s Memorial Centre Thursday is a return to his roots, he says. “To me it’s reclaiming a tradition I was part of when I started out as a singer-songwriter playing coffee houses like the Riverboat.”

Unplugged Sound Works Sometimes - Tom Cochrane Article

Unplugged Sound Works Sometimes

Surely every rock star on the planet has gone unplugged by now. Nirvana. Stone Temple Pilots. Aerosmith. The lot. Now. Canada’s own Tom Cochrane a veteran raspy-throated rocker—has joined the ranks of those who eschew plugs.

Cochrane Gets Personal - Tom Cochrane Article

Cochrane Gets Personal

Tom Cochrane says he is trying to bring some honesty to his latest recording. Cochrane will feature his latest album, ‘Ragged Ass Road’, at the Kelowna Community Theatre Friday at 7 p.m. “It’s sonically and emotionally dense and bittersweet. But above all, it’s honest. I can’t write it any other way.”

Cochrane Takes Folk Detour

Cochrane Takes Folk Detour

Life may be a highway. But for Tom Cochrane, it’s also an acoustic guitar. Since the mid-’70s, the Canadian rocker has toured the nation from sea to shimmering sea. Then, in 1992, he scored a monster hit with the feel-good anthem. Life is a Highway.

Cochrane's Power Tunes Dwarf His Songwriting - Tom Cochrane Article

Cochrane’s Power Tunes Dwarf His Songwriting

It’s like your mother always told you, you’ll always be judged by the company you keep. But did you ever listen? Neither, apparently, did Tom Cochrane. If he had, would he have been hanging out with about 1,600 fistpumping air guitarists rocking their lungs out at the Congress Centre rock lounge from hell?

Tom Cochrane Back Out On Ragged Ass Road Article

Tom Cochrane Back Out On Ragged Ass Road

The way Tom Cochrane sees it (and he’s the kind of guy who thinks about this sort of stuff a lot), there are really only two ways to look at this crazy little thing we like to call popular music. You can do it for love, or you can do it for money And if you do it right one way.

Doing It His Way

Doing It His Way

Tom Cochrane. Possibly the best man for the title ‘Joe Canadian.’ It’s not that he’s just overtly patriotic, although he is. Rather, it’s his entire existence. He’s a detailed craftsman of his trade. He works hard, intelligently and honestly. Even if it isn’t popular, it is dripping in his own personality. He advocates for struggling peers.

Detour Takes A Strange Turn - Tom Cochrane Article

Detour Takes A Strange Turn

Tom Cochrane is in the enviable position of being among a very few songwriters who have made a lasting connection with Canada while building a successful career. It should be enough that songs such as Big League and Good Times resonate with the powerful feelings of loss and nostalgia, of aspirations and seasonal pursuits that help us identify ourselves.

Highway Of Cochrane's Career Detours On Ragged Ass Road - Tom Cochrane Article

Highway Of Cochrane’s Career Detours On Ragged Ass Road

After the cancellation — excuse me, postponement—of his PNE date last summer, Tom Cochrane had a lot to prove Thursday night at the Commodore Ballroom. Not only was it his first show in a three-night Vancouver stand, but it was at the Commodore.

Tom Meets Fans On The Web - Tom Cochrane Article

Tom Meets Fans On The Web

At the crossroads of the information highway and Ragged Ass Road lies Tom Cochrane’s Internet web site. Al least once a week Cochrane sits down at the computer and vets through letters sent lo him by fans and writes his return e-mail. “I try to answer all of them as soon as I can.” Cochrane said in a telephone interview from his home in Toronto

Cochrane Doesn't Need U.S. Validation

Cochrane Doesn’t Need U.S. Validation

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?

Double Shot Of Rock

Double Shot Of Rock

Life may be a highway, but when it comes to the one Tom Cochrane is travelling you have to wonder if the man isn’t finding the scenery all too familiar. It was only two to three years ago when many were predicting the Canuck version of a heartland rocker was on his way to major international stardom after years of paying his dues with Red Rider and then as a solo act.

Both Cochrane, Marshall Deliver High-Energy Vocals

Both Cochrane, Marshall Deliver High-Energy Vocals

The son of a Manitoba bush pilot swooped into the wilds of Saskatoon Sunday night and provided much needed musical nourishment to a hungry audience. Tom Cochrane, banging the drum for his latest platinum release, Ragged Ass Road, rewound to albums past for a rousing start with “Victory Day” and “Sinking Like a Sunset.”

Personal Cris Inspires Cochrane

Personal Crisis Inspires Cochrane

Life may well be a highway, but Toni Cochrane hit the soil shoulder on his latest record. Ragged Ass Road. After the success of his millions elling solo debut Mad Mad World (1992), which featured the radio ready riff we could ride all night long. Cochrane went through the ego-meets-soul crisis — and realized it was time to pull over.

Tom Cochrane Knows The Ragged Road

Tom Cochrane Knows The Ragged Road

Life may well be a highway, but Tom Cochrane hit the soft shoulder on his latest record. Ragged Ass Road. After the success of his million-selling solo debut Mad Mad World (1992). which featured the radio-ready riff we could ride all night long. Cochrane went through the ego-meets- soul crisis — and realized it was time to pull over.