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Sing In My Meadow, volume 3 – songwriting demos

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

When I started to work on the songs for Sing In My Meadow my initial ambition was to write four or five new songs, add a few covers to the mix and then re-work and re-energize a few songs from our catalogue with the spirit and attack that we use on a song like Hunted. But once I holed up at Margo’s farm with my newly refurbished Howard Roberts (thank you Tim), my faithful Princeton II, my awesome Fairfield Circuitry drive pedal, and then plugged in and started to wail, it was just too much fun to stop. I wasn’t too concerned about structure or the intricacy of the lyric. I just wanted attitude and something to drop in the lap of Al, Pete, Jeff and Margo. I knew if I brought them something with a spark to it, they would do the rest. I ended up writing eight new songs for the album. Here are my songwriting demos for Continental Drift and Late Night Radio.

Also, be sure to check out the earlier Sing In My Meadow blogs:

Introduction

Hunted

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Demons International Press

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

More nice things have been written about Demons…..pass along the word if you don’t mind……

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“Vic Chesnutt’s…bare, bluesy, abrasive songs…perfectly realized here by the spooky, elegant sound of the Cowboy Junkies. . . .”

4 stars, MOJO


“ … one of the most defining albums from the Cowboy Junkies to date.

antiMusic


“I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this record, his (Vic Chesnutt) music is sacred but they (Cowboy Junkies) do a great job….a loving tribute”

Robin Hilton, NPR


“The triumph of Demons lies not only in the Cowboy Junkies’ heartfelt tribute to their friend… but in also the band itself finding its most perfect meld of style and substance a quarter century into its career.”

Blurt


“Demons is both a masterful exposition of a gifted storyteller and, at its essence, a riveting Cowboy Junkies album.”

Blogcritics


“It’s a profoundly moving work.”

Buffalo News


“Twenty-five years down the road and the Cowboy Junkies are more vibrant than ever.”
Here Magazine


“…a celebration of both the Junkies and Chesnutt and one of the year’s best albums.”

4.5 Stars, The National Post


“Cowboy Junkies strike all the right chords with a performance that breaks through any tragic irony. Margo Timmins’ voice soars towards the heavens and the music swings in celebration of Vic Chesnutt’s life.”

No Depression


“…Chesnutt at his lyrical peak and the Cowboys at their most intense.”

4 stars, Sunday Express


“Magnificently layered and sagely arranged versions of tunes written by the late, lamented Vic Chesnutt . . . .The finest tribute Vic could have.”

4 stars, Daily Mirror


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Sing In My Meadow, volume 3 – Hunted

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A few days after we returned from New York we re-convened at The Clubhouse to do some more wailing and gnashing. A few hours was all it took to finish off the recording. We’re going to give the tracks a rest and then revisit them in a few weeks to decide whether we need to go back in and re-work some things. We also decided to take a pass at Hunted while we were all gathered and our amps were set on stun. In many ways it is the template for much of this album. The song has evolved on stage so much over the last decade and a half that the studio version that we have on Pale Sun, Crescent Moon seems irrelevant at this point. I think we captured its current spirit and venom with this take….here is a board mix.

Make sure to check out the first blog post for Sing In My Meadow.

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Jeff Bird 1000 fiddle tunes

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Jeff Bird explores his inner fractal nature…..

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Demons Canadian Press reaction

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The press reaction to Demons has been pretty spectacular so far; we couldn’t have hoped for a better reception. Here is a skewed sampling of some of the comments from the Canadian pundits:

“The result is a celebration of both the Junkies and Chesnutt and one of the year’s best albums.” 4.5 Stars, The National Post

“Margo Timmins’ clear enunciation and Michael Timmins’ polished guitar mesh well with Chesnutt’s rough and uneasy style, contrasting rather than mimicking it. Demons is a respectful and intent tribute,  …a great blend of two talented forces.” 4 Stars, eye weekly

“Cowboy Junkies strike all the right chords with a performance that breaks through any tragic irony. Margo Timmins’ voice soars towards the heavens and the music swings in celebration of Vic Chesnutt’s life.” No Depression

“Unsurprisingly, Chesnutt’s forlorn balladry dovetails seamlessly with the Cowboys’ hazy slow-burn and Margo Timmins’ sunset vocals. “ 4 Stars, Sun Media

“…few bands other than Cowboy Junkies possess the sensitivity required to do justice to Chesnutt’s music, and Demons is essentially the wake that any Chesnutt fan wishes they could have attended. It’s sometimes difficult to grasp what possesses artists to make tribute albums, but Demons is a tribute in the truest sense: an acknowledgment of gratitude and admiration.” exclaim!

Most people, Chesnutt included, work hard to exorcise their demons. But the Junkies have embraced these Demons with excellent results.” 4 Stars, Chartattack

“Twenty-five years down the road and the Cowboy Junkies are more vibrant than ever.”
Here Magazine

“Demons is a revelation that shows the quartet to be savvy interpreters of a difficult songwriter, Vic Chesnutt. The Junkies’ trump card is singer Margo Timmins, who never attempts to imitate Chesnutt’s strange phrasing or vocal tics. Instead, she highlights the classic elements.” Vancouver Province

“It is a stirring and intense collection of songs, an unforced collaboration that sounds natural and destined to be.” Quick Before It Melts

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