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Cowboy Junkies

Friday, May 10, 2019, 3:00 AM

Sometimes revolutions begin quietly.In 1988, Cowboy Junkies proved that there was an audience waiting for somethingquiet, beautiful and reflective.The Trinity Sessionwas like a whisper that cut through thenoise -- and it was compelling. It stood out in the midstof the flash and bombastthatcame to define the late 80's. The now classic recording combined folk, blues and rock ina way that had never been heard before and went on to sell more than a million copies.With Cowboy Junkies new album, All That Reckoning, the band once again gentlyshakes the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world oron personal relationships, this new collection of songs encourages the listener to takenotice. It also may be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded.While the music is characteristically easy to listen to, the songs on All That Reckoningare visceral. In true Junkies fashion, the gentleness is juxtaposed with rock that can bejarring.Its a deeper and a more complete record than weve ever done before, says Michael.Weve always tried to make records that are relevant to who we are as people. Thesesongs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a political level. So muchis going on around us right now and nobody knows where its going to end up.Fear is not so far from hate, so if you get the folks to fear, it only takes one small twist tokick it up a gear. sings Margo Timmins in the new song The Things We Do To EachOther.It is the oldest tactic in the playbook of social control", says songwriter MichaelTimmins. "Create a culture of fear and then begin to manipulate that fear to distract,divert and divide. Unfortunately, the end result is that fear usually turns to hate and hateis a human emotion that is impossible to predict and control.Theres a line in When We Arrive, he continues, Welcome...to the Age ofDissolution which has been in my notebook for years. Every time I sit down to write analbum I have stared at it and wondered why I wrote it and what it means. Finally, thetimes have caught up with the line and the Age of Dissolution is upon us. A time whereso many personal, social and institutional constructs are crumbling and being devouredby forces that we have wittingly and unwittingly unleashed upon the land.Anyone who has been following Cowboy Junkies three decade-long journey knows theband has always traveled on its own path. From the auspicious debut of Whites Off EarthNow and the subsequent international breakthrough with The Trinity Session, to thegroups Nomad Series of themed albums (2010-2012), Cowboy Junkies have never letmusic business trends dictate where the band was headed.Formed in Toronto in 1985 with siblings Michael Timmins on guitar, Margo Timmins onvocals, Peter Timmins on drums, and Michaels lifelong friend Alan Anton on bass, theband has sparkled over the course of 25 albums. Ive known Alan longer than Iveknown Pete, says Michael. We were friends before Pete was born.Unlike most long-lasting groups, Cowboy Junkies have never had a break up or taken asanity-saving hiatus. Theres an appreciation of each other that keeps them constantlyworking. Its that intimacy and understanding of what each one of us brings to thetable, says Michael. Even if the world doesnt know it, we do.Cowboy Junkies are not following anyone elses guidebook. Its advice Margo gave toher 15-year-old son, who is an aspiring musician in his own band. He asked me, Howdo you come up with the next latest thing? I told him, Dont try. Its your music. Just love what youre doing and do it your own way.

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