Family band Cowboy Junkies continue to make meaningful music

Balcony tickets still available for their April 9 show at the McPherson Playhouse

Cowboy Junkies, founded in 1988 by siblings Margo, Michael and Peter Timmins and Alan Anton and still intact, bring material from their latest album to the McPherson Playhouse on April 9. Photo by Heather Pollock

Cowboy Junkies, founded in 1988 by siblings Margo, Michael and Peter Timmins and Alan Anton and still intact, bring material from their latest album to the McPherson Playhouse on April 9. Photo by Heather Pollock

Cowboy Junkies, who rose to fame in 1988 with The Trinity Session, bring their musical reflections to the McPherson Playhouse for a special show on April 9.

The band whose first big hit was their rendition of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” continues to comprise its founding members: siblings Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (guitarist/songwriter) and drummer Peter Timmins, along with bassist Alan Anton.

Their stop in Victoria for An Evening with Cowboy Junkies is part of a North American tour featuring material from their latest album, All That Reckoning (2018) and some of their classic older songs.

“It’s a deeper and a more complete record than we’ve ever done before,” says Michael Timmins of Reckoning, their 17th studio release and 30th overall.

“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.”

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Through songs such as “The Things That We Do To Each Other,” which looks at political leaders’ use of fear to control people, the alt country-folk-Americana band attempts to digest the modern world.

“It is the oldest tactic in the playbook of social control,” Timmins says. “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.”

Balcony tickets for this Thursday night show remain available. To purchase online or find more information, visit rmts.bc.ca.



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