Cowboy Junkies

An Evening With

Cowboy Junkies

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$57 Advance/$67 Day of Show (plus fees)

This event is 21 and over

Cowboy Junkies
Cowboy Junkies
Sometimes revolutions begin quietly.
In 1988, Cowboy Junkies proved that there was an audience waiting for something
quiet, beautiful and reflective. The Trinity Session was like a whisper that cut through the
noise -- and it was compelling.  It stood out in the midst of the flash and bombast that
came to define the late 80's.  The now classic recording combined folk, blues and rock in
a 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 gently
shakes the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or
on personal relationships, this new collection of songs encourages the listener to take
notice. 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 Reckoning”
are visceral. In true Junkies fashion, the gentleness is juxtaposed with rock that can be
jarring.
“It’s a deeper and a more complete record than we’ve ever done before,” says Michael.
“We’ve always tried to make records that are relevant to who we are as people. … These
songs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a political level. So much
is going on around us right now and nobody knows where it’s 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 to
kick it up a gear.” sings Margo Timmins in the new song “The Things We Do To Each
Other.”
“It is the oldest tactic in the playbook of social control", says songwriter Michael
Timmins. "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 hate
is a human emotion that is impossible to predict and control.”
“There’s a line in “When We Arrive”, he continues, ““Welcome...to the Age of
Dissolution” which has been in my notebook for years. Every time I sit down to write an
album I have stared at it and wondered why I wrote it and what it means. Finally, the
times have caught up with the line and the Age of Dissolution is upon us. A time where
so many personal, social and institutional constructs are crumbling and being devoured
by forces that we have wittingly and unwittingly unleashed upon the land.
Anyone who has been following Cowboy Junkies’ three decade-long journey knows the
band has always traveled on its own path. From the auspicious debut of Whites Off Earth
Now and the subsequent international breakthrough with The Trinity Session, to the
group’s Nomad Series of themed albums (2010-2012), Cowboy Junkies have never let
music business trends dictate where the band was headed.

Formed in Toronto in 1985 with siblings Michael Timmins on guitar, Margo Timmins on
vocals, Peter Timmins on drums, and Michael’s lifelong friend Alan Anton on bass, the
band has sparkled over the course of 25 albums. “I’ve known Alan longer than I’ve
known 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 a
sanity-saving hiatus. There’s an appreciation of each other that keeps them constantly
working. “It’s that intimacy and understanding of what each one of us brings to the
table,” says Michael. “Even if the world doesn’t know it, we do.”
Cowboy Junkies are not following anyone else’s guidebook. It’s advice Margo gave to
her 15-year-old son, who is an aspiring musician in his own band. “He asked me, ‘How
do you come up with the next ‘latest thing’? I told him, ‘Don’t try. It’s your music. …
Just love what you’re doing and do it your own way.”
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/