Posthumous Gord Downie Album Features The Tragically Hip Frontman’s Final Solo Recordings

By Andy Kahn Sep 21, 2020 7:23 am PDT

A posthumous solo album recorded by The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie shortly before his death in 2017, Away Is Mine, will be released via Arts & Crafts on October 16. The album features Downie’s final solo recordings, including the singles “Hotel Worth” and “Useless Nights.”

Downie began recording Away Is Mine on July 17, 2017 in his native Canada at The Tragically Hip’s studio in Bath, Ontario with in-house engineer Nyles Spencer. Downie died three months to the day after the sessions started, passing away from brain cancer on October 17 at the age of 53.

“This won’t be his last release, but these are the final 10 songs Gord sang before he passed away,” Gord’s brother Patrick Downie stated. “The last time he ever sang into a mic. That’s pretty special to us.”

The Away Is Mine sessions saw Downie backed by the “Family Band” made up of his son, Lou Downie on drums, The SadiesTravis Good supplying fiddle, mandolin and guitar parts, along with longtime studio overseer Dave “Billy Ray” Koster also playing drums. Guitarist Josh Finlayson, who co-wrote with Downie the 10 songs making up Away Is Mine, also contributed to the album, which he helped complete and prepare for its upcoming release.

“There really wasn’t a plan to make a record,” Finlayson stated. “The whole thing was that I knew this was a great way to spend time with Gord, listening to music, talking about music, talking about things that we’d always talked about. And this just evolved pretty organically.”

The album’s artwork was created by Gord’s daughter’s Clare Downie and Willo Downie. The record will be issued as a double LP, featuring electric and acoustic versions of each of the 10 original songs.

Stream electric versions of “Hotel Worth” and “Useless Nights” from Away Is Mine below:

Hotel Worth

Useless Nights

Away Is Mine Tracklist

  1. Hotel Worth
  2. Useless Nights
  3. I Am Lost
  4. About Blank
  5. River Don’t Care
  6. The Least Impossible
  7. Traffic Is Magic
  8. Away Is Mine
  9. No Solace
  10. Untitled
  11. Hotel Worth (Acoustic)
  12. Useless Nights (Acoustic)
  13. I Am Lost (Acoustic)
  14. About Blank (Acoustic)
  15. River Don’t Care (Acoustic)
  16. The Least Impossible (Acoustic)
  17. Traffic Is Magic (Acoustic)
  18. Away Is Mine (Acoustic)
  19. No Solace (Acoustic)
  20. Untitled (Acoustic)
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