Cowboy Junkies: Music Is The Drug - The Podcast

Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies have been making music since 1986, when they released their debut album "Whites Off Earth Now!!" More than 35 years later, they are still producing compelling albums and taking that music on the road - pandemics permitting... In this series, the band talk you through their songs, one by one, digging deep into each of them, from right across their career. www.cowboyjunkies.com www.latentrecordings.com

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29. Early 21st Century Blues special
Jul 16 2022
29. Early 21st Century Blues special
The world in tumult. Political instability. War.Yes, that was the far off world of 2005. Thank heavens those times never came again...In the aftermath of 9/11, of the invasion of Iraq, the golden promise of the end of the Cold War just over a decade earlier seemed to be disappearing and memories of Vietnam cane back strong.In the face of that, Cowboy Junkies did what the great bands did in the '60s and made a protest record, "Early 21st Century Blues', an album of mostly cover versions taken from the  days of the counter-culture. As we take you through the album with Michael Timmins and Alan Anton, we'll discuss its conceptual nature, encounter a returning John Timmins, marvel at Richie Havens' hands, discover an unusual source for cover art, learn of a rare endorsement from Yoko and hear about an unfinished gem from the sessions that's still deep in the archives - the survival of some ancient ones and zeroes permitting...We're now taking a break for the summer, so please, remember to subscribe to "Music Is The Drug" at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser and all the rest so you don't miss out when we return at the start of September."Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from the band, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here.To listen to "Early 21st Century Blues", click here. To order the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here.For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here.Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.
29. Early 21st Century Blues special
Jul 16 2022
29. Early 21st Century Blues special
The world in tumult. Political instability. War.Yes, that was the far off world of 2005. Thank heavens those times never came again...In the aftermath of 9/11, of the invasion of Iraq, the golden promise of the end of the Cold War just over a decade earlier seemed to be disappearing and memories of Vietnam cane back strong.In the face of that, Cowboy Junkies did what the great bands did in the '60s and made a protest record, "Early 21st Century Blues', an album of mostly cover versions taken from the  days of the counter-culture. As we take you through the album with Michael Timmins and Alan Anton, we'll discuss its conceptual nature, encounter a returning John Timmins, marvel at Richie Havens' hands, discover an unusual source for cover art, learn of a rare endorsement from Yoko and hear about an unfinished gem from the sessions that's still deep in the archives - the survival of some ancient ones and zeroes permitting...We're now taking a break for the summer, so please, remember to subscribe to "Music Is The Drug" at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser and all the rest so you don't miss out when we return at the start of September."Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from the band, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here.To listen to "Early 21st Century Blues", click here. To order the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here.For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here.Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.
28. 'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel
Jul 9 2022
28. 'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel
"It's the kind of night that's so cold when you spit, it freezes before it hits the ground..."Has there ever been a better opening couplet to a song than that? Nope. That's how "'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel" begins on "The Caution Horses" album, another single from that record that helped establish the band in the mainstream consciousness and on MTV. Speaking of MTV, Michael Timmins and Alan Anton talk about their adventures in video promo land. We also cover the writing of the song and the massive contribution made to the recording of it by accordionist extraordinaire, Jaro Czerwinec. "Your body for my soul, fair swap, 'cause cheap is how I feel."Has there ever been a better closing couplet to a song than that? Nope...After next week's episode, we're taking a break for the summer, so please, remember to subscribe to "Music Is The Drug" at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser and all the rest so you don't miss out when we return. "Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from the band, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here.To buy "The Caution Horses" on vinyl, click here. To listen to "The Caution Horses", click here. To listen to "200 More Miles: Live Performances 1985-1994", click here. To order the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here.For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here.Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.
27. Townies special
Jul 2 2022
27. Townies special
In this special episode we concentrate on "Townies: An Audioplay", the album put together by Michael Timmins and Andy Maize of Skydiggers in 2020 and we are joined by both of them to chart the writing and recording of a project that was initially interrupted, and then informed, by the first Covid lockdown that year. It also owes plenty to Mike's "Improvisations From The Between Time" album, which we also cover in the podcast. Set in motion by a conversation between the two, "Townies" was originally destined to be based around childhood memories. Lockdown halted the project and then,  on their return to the studio, the music developed a second act, focusing on a tumultuous year and all that that means. It's a fascinating journey and both Mike and Andy help guide you through it in this podcast.Termed an "audioplay", "Townies" is currently only available for download or streaming, as is "Improvisations From The Between Time" - if you haven't heard them yet, tune in, turn on and drop out...To make sure you don't miss out on each weekly episode, remember to subscribe to "Music Is The Drug" at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Audible, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser and all the rest..."Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from them, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here. To download or listen to "Townies", click here. To listen to "Improvisations From The Between Time", click here. To buy the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here.For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here. Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.
17. At The End Of Paths Taken album special
Apr 29 2022
17. At The End Of Paths Taken album special
We're heading away from our usual song approach with this episode and instead devoting this podcast to "At The End Of Paths Taken" to mark the 15th anniversary of the album's release in April 2007 - where did all those years go...Rather than look at specific songs, we're taking an overview of the album as a whole, one where the band went in for radical change as far as the writing and recording of the album went, introducing a new producer and strings to the overall mix, both to dramatic effect.With the help of Michael Timmins and Alan Anton - plus some rare recordings from the writing and recording sessions - we'll chart the album from its conception through to its release.As well as that, we talk about a possible live future for a record that is something of a hidden gem within the band's catalogue.If you haven't heard it in a while, hopefully this will give you a reason to dig it out again. You really should, it's one of the band's very best records. To make sure you don't miss out on each weekly episode of "Music Is The Drug", remember to subscribe at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser, Audible, MixCloud and all the rest..."Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from them, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here. To order the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. To listen to "At The End Of Paths Taken", click here. To buy "At The End Of Paths Taken" on CD or vinyl, click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here. For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here. Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.
15. Good Friday
Apr 15 2022
15. Good Friday
Welcome back for the second series of "Music Is The Drug", the Cowboy Junkies podcast.According to Michael Timmins, "Good Friday" is one of those songs that "just descended" on him, written very quickly on a day when, for a brief moment, the world was suddenly connected and everything made sense.That feeling is crystallised in a song that has a special sparkle to it, a real joyousness. But it wouldn't Break Cowboy Junkies if it wasn't undercut by something more questioning, in this case in the form of Mike's guitar solo which we also discuss in the podcast.Alan Anton guides us through the recording of the song and its parent album, working with legendary producer John Leckie and spending weeks in the hallowed halls of Abbey Road, chasing the ghosts of Beatles past...To make sure you don't miss out on each weekly episode, remember to subscribe to "Music Is The Drug" at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Audible, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser and all the rest..."Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from them, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here. To listen to "Miles From Our Home", click here.To buy the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here.For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here. Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.
13. Songs of the Recollection - Side A
Mar 25 2022
13. Songs of the Recollection - Side A
To mark the release of Cowboy Junkies' new album, "Songs of the Recollection", we've put together a two part special about the record.In this episode, we're covering the thinking behind the album and then the songs that go to make up the first side, for those of us till thinking in terms of vinyl. With the ever present help of Michael Timmins and Alan Anton, we'll be covering the second side, and plenty more besides, in our next episode. But in this first part, we'll be uncovering the thinking behind the covers, how the album was put together in a time of pandemic and why these particular songs were selected.For those with their scorecards handy, the songs we're checking off today are Five Years (David Bowie), Ooh Las Vegas (Gram Parsons), No Expectations (Rolling Stones), Don't Let It Bring You Down and Love In Mind (Neil Young). To make sure you don't miss out on each weekly episode, remember to subscribe to "Music Is The Drug" at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser and all the rest..."Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from them, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here. To order the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here. For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here. Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.
11. 200 More Miles
Mar 12 2022
11. 200 More Miles
Going back to "The Trinity Session" this week, and one of Michael Timmins' first solo songs for the band, a hymn to a life on the road and the band's hoped for destiny of being part of the chain that takes the music and passes it on down to the next generation. With Mike and Alan Anton, we look at how the song was pieced together from impressions gathered when they were on the road, in the station wagon, looking for gigs to support "Whites Off Earth Now!!" Covering the way those early road trips taught them how to be a band and ushered country music into their musical mix, this episode takes the song all the way through to "Trinity Revisited" and the way that Ryan Adams picked up the torch with his performance of the song. To make sure you don't miss out on each weekly episode, remember to subscribe to "Music Is The Drug" at your favourite podcast provider - Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podchaser and all the rest..."Cowboy Junkies - Music Is The Drug" is hosted by Dave Bowler, author of the authorised biography of the band. To order it from them, click here. To order direct from Omnibus Press in the UK & Europe, click here. To listen to "The Trinity Session", click here. To listen to "Trinity Revisited", click here. To buy "The Trinity Session", click here. To order the new album, "Songs of the Recollection", click here. For the ever expanding "Music Is The Drug" playlist on Spotify, click here. For more info on Cowboy Junkies, click here. For tour dates, click here. Copyright 2022 Latent Recordings.