Mature, wise, and intrepid – somehow Jon Brooks sings a path to the mysterious and complex essence of the human condition.”

— Julie Miller, CFLX 95,5 Sherbrooke, PQ

The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside

Jon Brooks

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The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside is an album of rural Canadian murder ballads and was recorded in Toronto by acclaimed producer/engineer, David Travers-Smith. Jon’s fifth full-length release is an intrepid solo set that defies categorization and resists any ‘singer-songwriter,’ or ‘solo acoustic’ description.

Equal parts local Canadiana and universal horror, this is a collection that has buried all the trademark Jon Brooks social commentary in a shallow, roadside grave

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  1. 1 Gun Dealer 03:32 Lyrics
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  2. 2 People Don't Think of Others 03:17 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Queensville 03:19 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Highway 16 04:40 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Felix Culpa 03:11 Lyrics
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  6. 6 The Only Good Thing Is An Old Dog 11:39 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Laws of the Universe 03:52 Lyrics
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  8. 8 These Are Not Economic Hard Times 01:34 Lyrics
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  9. 9 The Twa Sisters 07:34 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Worse Than Indians 03:14 Lyrics
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Delicate Cages

Jon Brooks

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Delicate Cages takes its title from the Robert Bly poem, TAKING THE HANDS: Taking the hands of someone you love/You see they are like delicate cages...

Delicate Cages aims to reveal the complicit natures of good and evil, love and fear, and freedom and imprisonment. The DELICATE CAGES we live within are forms of enslavement - and not all 'cages' are necessarily bad. On his latest and most urgent and accessible collection of songs, Jon Brooks promises freedom to all who choose love over fear.

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  1. 1 Because We're Free 04:31 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Fort McMurray 03:15 Info
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  3. 3 Mercy 02:52 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Hudson Girl 03:27 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Cage Fighter 04:38 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Madeline 03:20 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Son Of Hamas 03:43 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Visiting Day 02:42 Lyrics
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  9. 9 The Lonesome Death of Aqsa Parvez 01:46 Lyrics
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  10. 10 There Are Only Cages 02:53 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Because We're Free (Reprise) 02:08
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Moth No Rust

Jon Brooks

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Moth Nor Rust is a hopeful answer to the questions raised by No Mean City and Ours And The Shepherds. In the spirit of Guthrie and Seeger, these songs offer us something greater than warning; they offer us the possibility of spiritual renewal, greater justice, love, and healing. Essentially, these solo performances celebrate all that neither moth nor rust can touch. The title is taken from Matthew 6:19 - 21.

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  1. 1 War Resister 03:42 Lyrics
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  2. 2 When We Go 04:01 Lyrics
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  3. 3 The Crying of the Times 03:42 Lyrics
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  4. 4 God Pt. IV 03:18 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Small 03:47 Lyrics
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  6. 6 If We Keep What's Within Us, What's Within Us Will Kill Us 07:08 Lyrics
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  7. 7 In The Alley 03:49 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Safer Days 03:14 Lyrics
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  9. 9 The Crying of the Times (Reprise) 05:08 Lyrics
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  10. 10 There Is Only Love 03:24 Lyrics
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Ours and the Shepherds

Jon Brooks

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From No Mean City's failed neighbours, failed nations come. 2007's Ours And The Shepherds is a collection of Canadian war stories from WWI through to the current missions in Afghanistan. 13 songs inspired by, and in part about, Canadians living with the memory of war zone suffering: James Loney, Senator Romeo Dallaire, Sgt. Tommy Prince, Chaplain William Henry Davis, Frank P. Dixon, and John McRae, to name a few. Ours And The Shepherds earned a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Songwriter. Penguin Eggs deemed it "a thoroughly wonderful and truly important addition to the canon of Canadian folk music."

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  1. 1 Jim Loney's Prayer Pt. I 03:22 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Mimico 03:46 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Tajik Boy 03:51 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Kigali 04:49 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Auction Days 04:54 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Groesbeek 06:06 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Sgt Tommy Prince 04:10 Lyrics
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  8. 8 The Latest Great Embarrassment 04:18 Lyrics
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  9. 9 The Padre 04:12 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Hill 677 05:29 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Jim Loney's Prayer Pt. II 02:47 Lyrics
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  12. 12 In Flanders Fields 03:20
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