Going back to Cowboy Junkies' first album, "Whites Off Earth Now!!", in this episode, Michael Timmins and Alan Anton take a look at the whys and wherefores behind the inclusion of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper" on a record that otherwise concentrates mainly on earlier blues performers like Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker.
Dark, brooding, intense, Springsteen's opus to a police encounter on the freeway might well have been dictated to him by Johnson from the other side, wondering where the crossroads went and why there are all these six lane highways instead.
For the band, recently slimmed down to a four piece following the departure of John Timmins, this is the sound of them handling that extra space and settling into some of the principles that have defined much of their music ever since. In this episode, we explore how they got there and the vital role of producer Peter Moore in helping them capture it.
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