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 Cowboy Junkies
-Early 21st Century Blues-
By Bob Silvestri

On their latest disc titled Early 21st Century Blues, the Cowboy Junkies offer up interpretations of other artists along with a couple originals and traditional songs. Transforming the songs from their original versions to their own style they have stripped them down to an intimacy not heard from the band since their groundbreaking Trinity Sessions CD. The eleven tracks include takes on Bob Dylan’s “License To Kill”, U2’s “One”, George Harrison’s “Isn’t It A Pity” and Richie Haven’s “Handout In The Rain”. They also tackle with aplomb Springsteen’s “Brothers Under The Bridge” and “You’re Missing” and a great version of John Lennon’s “I Don’t Want To Be A Solider”. The two original cuts by Michael Timmons, “December Skies” and “This World Of Dreams” were inspired by the poem The Passing of Arthur by Lord Tennyson. The traditional “Two Soldiers” and “No More” round out the disc. Bob Egan, ex Wilco and current Blue Rodeo member makes a guest appearance on pedal steel. For more on The Cowboy Junkies and Early 21st Century Blues check out www.cowboyjunkies.com

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