Watch Moving Animated Video for Bruce Cockburn’s MLK-Inspired “April in Memphis”

August 12, 2019
Watch Moving Animated Video for Bruce Cockburn’s MLK-Inspired “April in Memphis”

Photo credit: Daniel Keebler

Back in 2005, Bruce Cockburn released Speechless, an album of all-instrumentals that focused on his acoustic guitar playing. That record not only gained him further renown for his picking but earned him a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Instrumentalist. On September 20 True North Records will issue Crowing Ignites, which presents Cockburn in a similar setting once again. Unlike Speechless, which drew on previously-recorded compositions, Crowing Ignites presents 11 new songs.

This is Cockburn’s 34th record and once again, he deftly blends folk, blues, jazz and world sounds. Today we premiere a new animated video for “April in Memphis,” which Cockburn explains he wrote in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated outside The Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Cockburn tells Relix, “The piece came into being on MLK Day 2019. It pretty much formed itself in the course of a practice session. It took the shape of a lament, more than a celebration, which set me to thinking of King’s murder, and the loss of a voice of wisdom, compassion and respect that we could really use about now. Hence, the title. I think the video conveys the right sense of the poignant beauty, of the dignity, of the man and the spirituality that fueled him.”

 Cockburn will support Crowing Ignites, which is now available for pre-order, on a U.S. tour, with the dates listed below. You can also click here for our conversation with him, following the release of his autobiography, Rumours of Glory.

                                                 Bruce Cockburn US Tour Dates

SEPT  7                                     Sisters, OR                              Sisters Folk Festival

SEPT  20                                   Nashville, TN                          City Winery

SEPT  21                                   Ferdinand, IN                           Ferdinand Folk Fest

SEPT  23                                   Nelsonville, OH                       Stuart Opera House

SEPT  24                                   Goshen, IN                              John S Umble Center

SEPT  25                                   Grand Rapids, MI                     Covenant Arts Center

SEPT  27                                   Chicago, IL                              Old Town School

SEPT  28                                   Chicago, IL                              Old Town School

SEPT  29                                   Minneapolis, MN                     Cedar Cultural Center

SEPT  30                                   Fargo, ND                               Fargo Theatre

OCT   24                                   Brooklyn, NY                          Murmur Theatre

OCT   25                                   Albany, NY                             The Egg

OCT   26                                   Collingswood, NJ                     Scottish Rite Theatre

OCT   27                                   Alexandria, VA                        The Birchmere

NOV  10                                    Seattle, WA                             Neptune Theatre

NOV  11                                    Missoula, MT                          Wilma Theatre

NOV  12                                    Boise, ID                                 Vac Theatre

NOV  14                                    Salt Lake City, UT                   State Room

NOV  15                                    Grand Junction, CO                  Avalon Theatre

NOV  16                                    Durango, CO                           Henry Strater Theatre

NOV  17                                    Boulder, CO                            Boulder Theatre

NOV  19                                    Phoenix, AZ                            MIM

NOV   20                                   Los Angeles, CA                      McCabe’s Guitar Shop

NOV   21                                   Berkeley, CA                           Freight & Salvage

NOV   22                                   Berkeley, CA                           Freight & Salvage