Cowboy Junkies: 21st Century Blues

The Cowboy Junkies rarely record other songwriter’s material. However, when they do they are usually diamonds in the rough that only the hardcore fans of a particular artist have heard.

A continuation of their ’04 EP ‘Neath Your Covers, Early 21st Century Blues is, for the most part, a collection of obscure covers revamped with the Cowboy Junkies’ signature heroin chic tempos. On the 11 track set, the Canadian quartet tackle Dylan’s “License To Kill”, Richie Havens’ “Handouts in the Rain” and U2’s “One”. They give a respectful nod to the two dead Beatles with versions of Harrison’s “Isn’t it a Pity” and Lennon’s unfortunately timely “I Don’t Want To be a Soldier”- on which they incorporate rap by Kevin Bond a.k.a. Rebel. A consummate songwriter in his own right, Michael Timmins penned “December Skies” and “This world Dreams Of” for the latest CD.

Each song on 21st Century Blues was carefully chosen then masterfully crafted with Michael’s unique guitar styling and Margo’s hauntingly detached vocals into poignant anthems as only the Cowboy Junkies can do.

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