by Mike Breen
Veteran Canadian band headlines 20th Century Theatre
Canadian Alternative band Cowboy Junkies perform tonight at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. Formed in the mid-’80s, the group has been consistently critically acclaimed and have had a few moments of mainstream breakthrough, including its cover of The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane," a minor MTV hit in the late ’80s that was revived as part of the soundtrack to Natural Born Killers in 1994. The track was included on the 2008 compilation of Canada's finest, Rhino Records' Northern Songs: Canada's Best and Brightest (the album put the Junkies alongside Great White North greats like The Band, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen and Broken Social Scene). The past couple of years the Junkies have been issuing a string of releases under the "Nomad Series" banner, a nod to the group's freedom from a record label contract for the first time since their formative years in the mid-’80s, which has given them free reign on what they release, create and record. The group has used the series to get closer to its already close fans, keeping those interested posted on the progress of each project via their website. Now that all four volumes of the Nomad Series have been issued, the collection is available as a box set with lots of bonus features and a 52-page book. Tickets for tonight's 8 p.m. show are $20-$30. Here's "Sweet Jane" and a track from Vol. 2 of the Nomad Series, which features all songs written by late singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt, "We Hovered With Short Wings."Our Steven Rosen spoke to the Junkies' Michael Timmins about the Junkies' connection to Cincinnati's like-minded Over the Rhine band. Read it here.
April 24 • 20th Century Theatre
0 Comments · Monday, April 16, 2012
Over the Rhine — the
Cincinnati musical duo of husband-and-wife Linford Detweiler and Karin
Bergquist — has a lot for which to thank the Cowboy Junkies. Hopefully they’ll
get a chance to thank the Junkies when the latter is in town for a Tuesday
night gig at 20th Century Theatre. The Junkies are here to celebrate the
completion of an unusual project, The
Nomad Series, four albums in 18 months. The final one, Wilderness — a sensitive look at the needs and impulses that drive
a person’s life — came out last month.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The latest Cowboy Junkies album, 'Renmin Park,' is something of a beginning for the Canadian quartet that came to prominence with the release of 'The Trinity Sessions' 22 years ago. The circumstances that led to 'Renmin Park,' and the next three Cowboy Junkies albums for that matter, are an almost perfect storm of creative conceptualism and execution.