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 Cowboy Junkies
-Tralf Music Hall-
By Bob Silvestri

Sometimes a whisper can be the loudest voice in a room. Such is the case with The Cowboy Junkies music. Kicking off their tour in support of their upcoming new release they played to a full room at the newly reopened Tralf Music Hall on January 18th. While some may find the Junkies music monochromatic and droning on disc their live performances come alive with a palate of subtle nuances of tone and sweeping aural crescendos along with the mesmerizing hushed vocals of Margo Timmons. Featuring the Timmons siblings (Margo, Michael and Peter) along with Alan Anton and Jeff Bird the band played a generous sampling of the new material along with older beloved numbers and some cover songs. Highlights from the new material included an almost psychedelic sounding “Mountain”, “Spiral Down” and a visceral “Cutting Board Blues”. Digging deep into their song catalog they played a beautiful “Murder, Tonight, In the Trailer Park”, “A Horse In The Country” and longtime favorite “Sun Comes Up It’s Tuesday Morning”. Hank William’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” had you reaching for the Kleenex and the pill bottle as every ounce of sadness, depression and pathos was reveled in Margo Timmons emotional reading of this classic song. The show ended with a spirited romp of the Stones’ “Dead Flowers” before the band returned for an encore of
   “’Cause Cheap Is How I Feel”. After some on stage discussion between band members they played “Sweet Jane” which wasn’t originally planned according to Margo but played “this one time” after repeated requests from the crowd. For more on the Cowboy Junkies go to www.cowboyjunkies.com For more information about other upcoming shows at The Tralf Music Hall go to www.tralfmusichall.com

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