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While Tim Hardin's own songs are outnumbered by covers here, Bird on a Wire features some of his most moving vocal performances. His haunting, airborne take on the title track is easily the most powerful version of the much-covered Leonard Cohen tune. And Hardin's famously fluid phrasing is at its jazziest, even on a country song like "A Satisfied Mind" or on the John Lee Hooker blues "Hoboin'," making a strong case for him as one of the most gifted interpreters of his generation.


Born: December 23, 1941 in Eugene, OR

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

A gentle, soulful singer who owed as much to blues and jazz as folk, Tim Hardin produced an impressive body of work in the late '60s without ever approaching either mass success or the artistic heights of the best singer/songwriters. When future Lovin' Spoonful producer Erik Jacobsen arranged for Hardin's first recordings in the mid-'60s, Hardin was no more than an above-average white blues singer, in the mold of many fellow folkys working the East Coast circuit. By the time of his 1966 debut, however,...
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