Gordon Lightfoot here. Singer/songwriter for over 50 years whose work has been performed by everyone from Elvis to Barbra. AMA!
My name's Gordon Lightfoot. I'm a singer/songwriter. I'm also a performer. I play a lot of concerts. And I've made 20 albums, 14 for Warner Brothers / Reprise and 5 for United Artists before that, I was doing pretty well there and I got moved over to a bigger label, and my latest album I released last year independently. The songs I would be best known for would be "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Plus "Carefree Highway." Many of my songs are really well-known because other people have recorded them, including Peter Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, and others. I do a fair amount of charity work here locally where i live, in the city of Toronto. Most of the time I am very low-profile though. I did a lot of stuff earlier on with David Suzuki in the environmental movement years ago, and Sting was also really involved in that. Almost on the other side of the country!
I really enjoy my work a good deal and I have a wonderful band, just a great bunch of guys, it's actually a 5 piece band really, which I lead but of which I am one. We travel all over North America. We have played in Europe, Australia, England, but for the last 20 years or so, I've slowed down a little bit, I like to stay in the North American continent because i feel a lot safer here. Plus it's where all my relatives are, and I can't get away from them! I have a very extended family, I have 6 children and they are spread out all over the place. I've been a busy man.
I'm here with Victoria's help today to take your questions. AMA!
Edit: I am excited. I am really really excited about what we are doing right now. We are doing shows now, and I've been doing shows since I was very young, very small, as a child. And thank you very much - it's been a very interesting time, and it's also given me a chance to explore within myself for answers to your questions and I really appreciate your interest, and I hope you come out and see us - we'll really knock your socks off!