Gordon Lightfoot

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Of all the places Bob Dylan has sung about, as chronicled in a recent Slate article, one curious omission is Canada; maybe that’s because he figured Gordon Lightfoot has it covered. Lightfoot’s 12-string guitar and Irish-inflected tenor may be the trappings of a gentle Canadian rambler, but listen to a hit from his catalog — “If You Could Read My Mind,” “I’m Not Sayin’,” “Sundown” or dozens of others —  and the sharp edge underneath will cut through any hint of sap, putting his material right alongside the best songs of any generation. Presently, the 75-year-old is widely known in the States for his classic-rock radio staple “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” but his catalog has had devotees here for ages, from garage-era Grateful Dead to Elvis Presley, Paul Westerberg, Marty Robbins and Dylan himself. Despite intermittent health issues that might cause some performers to consider hanging up their proverbial hats, Lightfoot is still going strong, with his current 70-plus-stop tour celebrating 50 years on the road.

—STEPHEN TRAGESER

Mon, Jun 17 | 7:30 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
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Gordon Lightfoot

Orillia Ontario Canada  |  Singer-Songwriter



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