Although he released a solo album in 1974 entitled HANG ON TO YOUR RESISTANCE (which was re-released in ’87), guitarist and singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane didn’t come to prominence until the ‘80s as the lead singer of the band Red Rider. Red Rider released six studio albums between 1980 and 1988, achieving notable popularity in their native Canada, thanks in large part to Cochrane’s fine tunes, vocal performances, and command of rootsy, heartland rock. Cochrane’s second solo effort, MAD MAD WORLD, appeared in ’91, and sent the single “Life is a Highway” to the upper reaches of the charts in both Canada and the U.S. Cochrane continued to refine his literate, story-driven songwriting on albums such as ’95s RAGGED ASS ROAD and 2006’s NO STRANGER. Cochrane never replicated the success he achieved in the U.S. with “Life is a Highway,” but in Canada he’s revered in the same company as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellancamp, and Tom Petty.
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