JOHN BORRA / Blue Wine

JOHN BORRA / Blue Wine
 Jan. 31, 2020 / Cousin Jeb Records
Blue Wine is Toronto scene legend John Borra’s first solo album since 2002, after three albums with his band Rattlesnake Choir, and it finds him at the peak of his writing and performing powers. On one hand, it’s exactly the kind of album you’d expect from one of the most influential figures within Toronto’s roots rock scene – raw, melodic, and bursting with heart and soul. On the other hand, Blue Wine displays maturity and lyrical sophistication only an artist as experienced as Borra could convey.
In that spirit, Borra put together a top-notch band for Blue Wine anchored around Blue Rodeo keyboardist Mike Boguski, longtime collaborator Sam Ferrara and drummers Glenn Milchem, Cleave Anderson, Dani Nash and Tim Timlek. As well, Borra collaborated with award-winning poet Eva H.D. on three songs: “Machu Picchu,” “The Wars” and “Hambre And Dolores.” While these were the most recently written songs on Blue Wine, they perfectly complement Borra’s own standout compositions, along with a cover of the Velvet Underground's "Foggy Notion," featuring Barenaked Ladies' Kevin Hearn, who also served as Lou Reed's bandleader.

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